February 29, 2008 — The long-term use of supplemental multivitamins does not reduce the risk of developing lung cancer, and high doses of vitamin E may even raise the risk, particularly in smokers. These conclusions from a large, prospective study tie in with previous research, say the investigators.
Together, these findings “should prompt clinicians to counsel patients that these supplements are unlikely to reduce the risk of lung cancer and may be detrimental,” say Christopher G. Slatore, MD, from the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington, and colleagues. They report the new findings in the March 1 issue of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. Read more →