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  • Posted: 10/18/2012

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Brigham and Women's study finds daily multivitamins reduce risk of cancer in men

A daily multivitamin can help a man reduce his risk of cancer, according to new research from Brigham and Women's Hospital, a component of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Researchers had nearly 15,000 men over the age of 50 take either a multivitamin or a placebo every day for more than 10 years. The men self-reported a cancer diagnosis, and researchers confirmed the diagnosis through medical records. Researchers found the group taking a daily multivitamin had an 8 percent reduction in total cancer compared with the group taking the placebo. They also found a multivitamin was associated with an apparent reduction in cancer deaths.

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