Study: Vitamin and mineral use among cancer survivors is widespread

February 5, 2008

Study finds widespread vitamin and mineral use among cancer survivors

Use of vitamin and mineral supplements among cancer survivors is widespread, despite inconclusive evidence that such use is beneficial, according to a comprehensive review of scientific literature conducted by researchers at the Journal of Clinical Oncology. The researchers found that 64% to 81% of cancer survivors overall reported using vitamins or minerals (excluding multivitamins), whereas in the general population only 50% of adults reported taking dietary supplements. The researchers also found that many people initiate the use of vitamins and supplements after cancer diagnosis; between 14% and 32% start taking them after learning they have cancer.

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