The regular consumption of fish oils could help women cut their risk of breast cancer by as much as a third, it has been suggested.
New research carried out by a team at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Centre in Seattle tracked 35,000 women, looking at both their diets and their states of health.
The scientists found that those women who took regular doses of omega-3 fatty acids were around 32 per cent less likely to develop breast cancer than their peers who did not, with this the first time fishy oils have been clearly linked to combating the disease.
Writing up the findings in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, study leader Emily White warned against jumping to conclusions, noting that more research needs to be carried out into this apparent link.
She suggested, however: "It may be that the amount of omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil supplements are higher than most people would typically get from their diet."
Just recently, a study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry by a team from University of Montreal noted that taking fish oil supplements could be an effective means of keeping depression at bay.