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Extra Vitamin E May Be Associated With Prostate Cancer
Date:10/12/2011

Also commenting on the study, prostate cancer expert Dr. Anthony D'Amico, chief of radiation oncology at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, said that taking large doses of supplements "may cause some harm."

However, D'Amico said the risk of getting prostate cancer linked to vitamin E is very small.

"In terms of people thinking, 'If I take vitamin E, I am going to get prostate cancer,' they have to be careful because the study looked at so many subgroups that it's hard to know for sure if this marginally significant risk for prostate cancer is by chance or not," he said.

However, D'Amico thinks that men should not be taking large doses of vitamin E. "There is no benefit," he said. "Whether there's harm or not, I am unsure, but to be safe, I don't think it's worth taking."

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For more information on prostate cancer, visit the American Cancer Society.

SOURCES: Eric A. Klein, M.D., chairman, Glickman Urological and Kidney Institute, Cleveland Clinic, Ohio; Anthony D'Amico, M.D., Ph.D., chief, radiation oncology, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston; Duffy MacKay, N.D., vice president, Scientific and Regulatory Affairs, Council for Responsible Nutrition, Washington, D.C.; Oct. 12, 2011, Journal of the American Medical Association


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