Study: Multivitamin May Increase Cancer Risk for Women

by: cancercompass

According to a recent Swedish study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, "multivitamin use was associated with a statistically significant increased risk of breast cancer" for women.
In 1997, over 35,000 cancer-free women were asked to complete a questionnaire asking about their multivitamin use, and breast cancer family history and risk factors.

Over a nine and a half year period, researchers learned that 974 women were diagnosed with breast cancer.

The study states "these results suggest that multivitamin use is associated with an increased risk of breast cancer. This observed association is of concern and merits further investigation."

According to a Reuters article about the study, lead researcher Dr. Susanna C. Larsson, of the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, advised that a woman's best bet is to get her vitamins and minerals from a well-balanced diet rather than pills. And that if a woman eats a healthy and varied diet, there is no need for her to use multivitamins.

Do you take supplements? What are your thoughts on this study?

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