Some vitamins and supplements 'increase risk of prostate cancer'

Men have been warned not to take a pair of popular vitamin and mineral supplements after research showed they can dramatically increase the risk of life-threatening prostate cancer.

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'Men using these supplements should stop'

Vitamin E and selenium pills are putting men at significantly increased risk of prostate cancer, a group of US scientists has warned in findings published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

These supplements are popular - especially vitamin E - although so far no large, well-designed and well-conducted study has shown any benefits for preventing major chronic disease.

Men using these supplements should stop, period. Neither selenium nor vitamin E supplementation confers any known benefits, only risks...

We know from several other studies that some high-dose dietary supplements - that is, supplements that provide far more than the daily recommended intakes of micronutrients - increase cancer risk.

– Study leader Dr Alan Kristal, from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Centre in Seattle,


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