Oct 18, 2012
By Jane Brown
Taking a daily multivitamin appears to modestly ower the risk of cancer in middle-aged and older men. In a new study, researchers found multivitamins cut the chance of developing cancer by eight per cent in healthy men over 50, who have been taking a daily dose for more than a decade.
Study co-author Dr. J. Michael Gaziano is a cardiologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. He says, “we cannot be sure, but many things that increase or decrease the risk of cancer in men, have a similar effect in women.”
Cancer experts point out that relying on a multivitamin is less effective than a good diet, exercise and not smoking, each of which can lower cancer risk by 20 to 30 per cent.
The study is published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.