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Can Fish Oil Reduce Breast Cysts?

Q. I recently began taking fish oil for heart health. I have fibrocystic breasts, and after about a week on fish oil I noticed a reduction in the number and size of the cysts.

Is there any evidence that fish oil can eliminate these bumps? I am thrilled, since I was always a little nervous that I might overlook a serious lump thinking it was a cyst.

A. We have not found any studies showing that fish oil can make breast cysts go away. Since you are taking the fish oil for your heart anyway, keep on taking it. Cysts in the breast are not dangerous, but they can make it more difficult to detect a problem during breast self-exams.

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Joe Graedon is a pharmacologist who has dedicated his career to making drug information understandable to consumers. His best-selling book, The People’s Pharmacy, was published in 1976 and led to a syndicated newspaper column, syndicated public radio show and web site. In 2006, Long Island University awarded him an honorary doctorate as “one of the country's leading drug experts for the consumer.”.
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