07/17/2013 01:37 pm ET Updated Sep 16, 2013

Fatty Acids and Risk of Prostate Cancer: Response to a Study Currently in the News

News of a just-published study titled "Plasma Phospholipid Fatty Acids and Prostate Cancer Risk in the SELECT Trial" has been covered in the mainstream media over the last several days, leading to many online discussions and quite a bit of confusion. In this video, Deanna Minich, Ph.D., vice president of education for the Personalized Lifestyle Medicine Institute, and I discuss what is known about this research by Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and also how the information should be put into context when considering the broad spectrum of information that is available about essential fatty acids.

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Study Abstract:

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