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New lung cancer guidelines are released from the American College of Chest Physicians.
Changes in the recently released Diagnosis and Management of Lung Cancer: ACCP Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Guidelines from the American College of Chest Physicians include a recommendation against the use of vitamin or mineral supplements to prevent lung cancer. Specifically, the guide advises against the use of beta-carotene, vitamin A, vitamin E, and aspirin after studies showed the agents do not decrease the risk of developing cancer in the lung. ACCP said beta-carotene actually increased the risk of lung cancer in the studies reviewed. The new guidelines include a total of 260 recommendations and are published as a supplement to the September issue of Chest.