Can Multivitamins Drop Cancer Risk?
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Boston, MA (PRWEB) October 31, 2012
Doctors Health Press, a publisher of various natural health newsletters, books, and reports, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, is reporting on a recent study that found that long-term multivitamin use has a small but significant role in cancer prevention.
As reported in Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin (http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/cancer-articles/can-multivitamins-drop-cancer-risk), researchers launched the study to see if multivitamins could succeed in protecting men from cancer without any side effects. Studying 15,000 male doctors, researchers found that after over 10 years of treatment, multivitamins led to an eight percent decrease for males in overall cancer risk.
According to the article “Can Multivitamins Drop Cancer Risk?,” in the study, half the men took a multivitamin, and the other half, a placebo. Notably, the 15,000 doctors included more than 1,000 who had a family history of cancer. All were about 50 years old at the start of the study.
While the traditional role of a multivitamin is to prevent nutritional deficiencies, the article explains that there has been much speculation over the years as to whether this one pill could prevent disease. The supplements mimic the nutrients found in fruit and vegetables, but so far, observational studies found no conclusive link to cancer prevention.
As the Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article reports, researchers found that the eight-percent decline in cancer risk among males did not apply to prostate cancer—the most deadly tumor to strike men only. Among all the men, there were 2,669 cases of cancer, including 1,373 cases of prostate cancer, and 210 cases of colorectal cancer. A total of 2,757 (19%) men died during follow-up, including 859 from cancer.
The researchers conclude that this proves multivitamins have potential use in cancer prevention among middle-aged or older men.
(SOURCE: Gaziano, JM et al., “Multivitamins in the Prevention of Cancer in Men: The Physicians’ Health Study II Randomized Controlled Trial,” JAMA, October 17, 2012.)
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