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Can Multivitamins and Minerals Protect Older Women with Invasive Breast Cancer?

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

logo1267406_mdA new study published in Breast Cancer Research and Treatment concluded that postmenopausal women who develop invasive breast cancer may benefit from taking supplements including multivitamins and minerals. Researchers of this very large study group found that the risk of dying from invasive breast cancer was 30% lower among women using multivitamin/minerals that among non users. Authors said “Our study offers tentative but intriguing evidence that multivitamin/mineral supplements may help older women who develop invasive breast cancer survive their disease.”

Overall Research Data was collected from 161,608 women post menopausal women between ages 50 and 79 from 40 clinical centers throughout the USA. in the years 1093 to 1998. Research on this study was collected from 7,728 women in this group who were diagnosed with invasive breast cancer and were followed for an average of 7 years after their diagnosis. Extensive interviews included data on whether or not they had taken multivitamin/mineral supplements at least once a week during the prior two weeks. About 38 percent of this population were using supplements and most were taking the supplements before their diagnosis. Comparison of the date on mortality and supplements showed that women who took the supplements had a 30 percent lower mortality rate than those who did not. This relationship remained even after taking into consideration such confounding variables as smoking status, education, race/ethnicity, weight, depression, alcohol use, physical activity, ager of breast cancer diagnosis, and diabetes.