Media Faux Pas: Does Fish Oil Cause Prostate Cancer?

There has recently been a surge in media coverage regarding a study that allegedly examined the effects of fish oil supplementation on prostate cancer expression. But quite to the contrary, the subjects in this study were not supplemented with fish oil or put on a fish-rich diet, which means that it is completely inappropriate to suggest fish-oil supplementation causes prostate cancer.

Omega-3 fish oil is among the most well researched nutritional supplements in existence. Over 10,000 studies have been conducted, providing sufficient evidence to state with confidence that omega-3s are beneficial for health. As noted by the Global Organization for EPA and DHA Omega-3 (GOED),

“If the findings were true, then prostate cancer would be rampant in any country with high seafood consumption, (Scandinavia, Japan, etc.) and conversely, low level consumption should be protective. Clearly this is not the case.”

We hope this response will reassure those who have been understandably concerned by the attention this study has received in the media. Please click here for our extended response to omega-3 consumption and prostate cancer.