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 VITAMINS AND PROSTATE CANCER

ANCHOR LEAD:   MORE DISAPPOINTING RESULTS HAVE BEEN REPORTED REGARDING PROSTATE CANCER PREVENTION, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

Prostate cancer is not prevented by vitamins C, E, or selenium, the most recent very large, prospective studies concluded.  Such disappointing results are hard to explain in light of much previous research suggesting preventative powers did exist in these supplements.  Arthur Burnett, a prostate cancer expert at Johns Hopkins, speculates on the reasons.

BURNETT:  The prior benefits may have resulted from different formulations of the medication or regimens or perhaps even patient selection biases in a prior era.  In a more modern era now as men are being diagnosed earlier based on PSA testing, we may actually be finding that we are going to struggle to identify a population where we can really see a benefit from some of these potential prevention trials.        :24

Burnett says for now, regular screening remains a man’s best chance for catching prostate cancer early, and that a generally healthy lifestyle offers the most hope for prevention.  I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.


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