New lung cancer guide nixes vitamin and supplement use

September 13, 2007

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.

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