Cancer Support Group

Saturday, Apr 17th

Last update:06:42:40 AM GMT

Home News and Update Year 2010 Doctor dismisses link between vitamins, breast cancer - ABC Online

Doctor dismisses link between vitamins, breast cancer - ABC Online

Posted April 19, 2010 08:00:00

One of Australia's leading breast cancer researchers has dismissed a Swedish study which found women taking multivitamins had a higher risk of developing breast cancer.

The study, published in March in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, looked at more than 35,000 Swedish women between the ages of 49 and 83 and cancer-free at the outset.

It found that women who reported multivitamin use at the study's start were 19 per cent more likely than non-users to develop breast cancer.

The study's authors said it was difficult to pinpoint what was behind the results, but warned that women were better off getting vitamins and minerals from a well-balanced diet, rather than pills.

But the head of surgical oncology at Newcastle's Calvary Mater Hospital, Professor John Forbes, says studies into the benefits of vitamin D are far more compelling.

He says the results of the Swedish study are barely statistically significant and do not indicate what the outcome might be for women taking fewer vitamin tablets.

"It makes one wonder: what about three vitamins, four vitamins, and which ones?" he said.

"A far more reliable paper [was] in fact published late last year from the very well-established Women's Health Initiative in America, where they studied something similar and could find no evidence that any vitamin impacted on the risk of breast cancer, except possibly that vitamin D lowers risk.

"I would not think that women should suddenly stop taking things that they are taking, but they should discuss it with their GP.

"The bottom line is this is not convincing evidence at all for anyone to change their dietary habits at present. The vitamin D data is much clearer."

Tags: health, diet-and-nutrition, vitamins, diseases-and-disorders, breast-cancer, australia, nsw, newcastle-2300, sweden

Disclaimer: The news story on this page is the copyright of the cited publication. This has been reproduced here for visitors to review, comment on and discuss. This is in keeping with the principle of ‘Fair dealing’ or ‘Fair use’. Visitors may click on the publication name, in the news story, to visit the original article as it appears on the publication’s website.


This is YOUR sites, so if you have suggestions or feedback on how we can improve it for you, please let us know! We do our best to keep up!

Make a Suggestion
Manthan Award

Link to Aarogya

aarogya logo