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Vitamin supplements help to lower colon cancer risk

According to a new study from the University of Washington, vitamin and mineral supplements help to lower the risk of colon cancer.

Researchers looked at nutritional supplement use over a 10 year period in 444 colon cancer patients and 427 people free of the disease. They assessed intake of multivitamins, vitamins A, E, C, folic acid and calcium.

Results showed a reduced risk associated with all the supplements but the strongest links were with vitamin E and multivitamin supplements. For those who took multivitamins the risk of colon cancer was reduced by 51 percent and for those taking an average of 200 IU vitamin E per day the risk was reduced by 57 percent.