Brian D. Lawenda, M.D.: Does a low fat diet reduce cancer risk. Is a question that that I get asked all the time and this is something that we used to believe that the less fat you had in your diet, the lower your risk of a variety of different types of cancers, but as it turns out that a correlation has really been sort of debauched and it’s not in fact the total amount of fat is probably the type of fat that you have in the diet.
We found that inflammatory fats particularly fats such as trans fatty acids and fats such as omega-6 fatty acids when we consume those in large amounts those types of diets for example we call one as Standard American diet with a lot processed foods, heavy in these trans fats and omega-6 fats that people tend to be more inflamed.
Because these are inflammatory types of fats and these diets will tend to be inflammatory and that is one of the risk factors for the development of a variety of different types of cancers. So, it is not about the fact that you are having low fat.
It’s about the quality of the fat that you are having. You want to try to avoid as many of the inflammatory fats you can and again those will be trans fatty acids and then omega-6 fatty acids. Dr. Jay Harness: Do you know that not every breast cancer patient needs chemotherapy? Now there’s a way to decide if chemotherapy will benefit you based on the unique biology of your tumor.
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