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NIH-AARP Diet and Health Study: Impact of Diet and Lifestyle Factors on Cancer Incidence: Multivitamin Use

Diet Nutrients | Multivitamin Use

For a copy of these publications and others related to the NIH-AARP Diet and Health Study, visit the National Cancer Institute.

Multivitamin Use and Risk of Prostate Cancer in the National Institutes of Health-AARP Diet and Health Study
Taking multivitamin supplements does not appear to be associated with early or localized prostate cancer; however, larger amounts and higher frequency of multivitamin consumption may be related to an increased risk of advanced and fatal prostate cancer. After studying the multivitamin consumption and nutritional habits of 295,344 men ages 50-71, the National Institutes of Health-AARP Diet and Health Study found that:

  • Regular multivitamin use was unrelated to overall risk of total and organ-confined prostate cancer
  • Those who took multivitamins more than 7 times per week were at an increased risk of advanced and fatal prostate cancer compared with never users

Further information about the study or individual reports may be obtained by contacting Nancy Wood of AARP at media@aarp.org or 202-434-2583.

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