SEATTLE, WASHINGTON. Researchers at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
report that men and women who take vitamins lower their risk of developing colon
cancer. Their study involved 444 patients with colon cancer and 427 controls.
The researchers assessed the participants' intake of multivitamins and
individual vitamin supplements for a 10-year period ending two years before the
diagnosis of cancer. They conclude that people who took multivitamins daily
during the 10-year study period had half the risk of developing colon cancer
than did participants who had not taken multivitamins. People who took an
average of 200 IU or more of vitamin-E per day reduced their risk by 57 per
cent. The authors point out that vitamin users are usually more health-
conscious than non-users and suggest that more research is needed before any
public health recommendations can be made.