Study shows new link between vitamin intake and breast cancer
Oct 12, 2011
A new study conducted by researchers from Columbia University in New York found that there may be a link between breast cancer and women taking vitamins, according to the Indianapolis Star.
The researchers studied nearly 2,300 early-stage breast cancer patients, and one effect was that those who took vitamin A, beta-carotene and luten - all carotenoids - on a regular basis had a higher risk of dying from the disease than those who did not take them, according to the news source.
"In my opinion, our paper adds to the growing body of literature suggesting that dietary supplements containing high doses carotenoids may be harmful, and people should think twice before taking them," leader researcher Heather Greenlee told the news provider.
However, there was some positive breast cancer health news. Those who took vitamin C or E had a lower risk of recurrence over a five year span.
According to the American Cancer Society, one in eight women in the U.S. will eventually be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point during their lifetime. It is the second most common form of cancer among women, following only skin cancer.