Most studies on prostate cancer prevention focus on the initial prevention of the cancer. Rarely do we see studies on preventing advanced prostate cancer. Now a study has shown that consuming omega-3 fatty acids appear to protect against developing advanced prostate cancer. In other words, eating a serving of fish each week could dramatically reduce your chance of advanced prostate cancer.

The study appeared in Clinical Cancer Research, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR).

The study was a case control analysis of 466 men diagnosed with aggressive prostate cancer and 378 healthy men. Researchers looked at their diets and found the men who ate more fish were cancer free. The men who didn’t eat any or little fish had prostate cancer.

John Witte,Ph.D., professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at the University of California San Francisco says men who eat just a serving of fish a day could cut the risk of advanced prostate cancer by 50 percent. Dr. Witte added that the best fish to eat appears to be salmon, mackerel and blue fish as the all have very high levels of omega-3 fatty acids.

Joel T Nowak MA, MSW