Daily multivitamin intake 'can reduce risk of male cancer development'

19 October 2012

Men who take a multivitamin pill each day could see their risk of developing a life-threatening form of cancer reduced considerably.

This is according to new research carried out by medical professionals based at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School.

The suggestion was made after the doctors analysed the data of almost 15,000 men, who were all aged over 50 and were given either a multivitamin or a sugar pill on a daily basis.

Only 17 cancers per 1,000 participants were recorded in those taking multivitamin pills per year, with this rising to 18 cases per 1,000 people in those prescribed with a dummy treatment method.

Dr Howard Sesso, a researcher on the project, commented: "Many studies have suggested that eating a nutritious diet may reduce a man's risk of developing cancer.

"Now we know that taking a daily multivitamin, in addition to addressing vitamin and mineral deficiencies, may also be considered in the prevention of cancer in middle-aged and older men."

Posted by Philip Briggs

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