Vitamin E Study on Prostate Cancer is Called 'Tremendously Significant' In Search for Cure

WASHINGTON, June 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Nutritional supplements such as Vitamin E may be able to stop prostate cancer before it starts, according to health researchers.

They point to a major new trial involving 30,000 men to study the potential of Vitamin E and also of a mineral, selenium, to help prevent onset of prostate cancer, which strikes about one in six men during their lifetimes.

One professor of clinical cancer prevention in Texas said the new trial is "tremendously significant," and a Cleveland Clinic physician has suggested that men enroll in the study, open to healthy men 55 and over, or 50 years and over for African American males.

In the trial, being conducted by the National Cancer Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., test subjects will receive Vitamin E alone, Vitamin E in combination with selenium, selenium by itself, or a placebo. The study is taking place in the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada and is expected to continue for 12 years.

The Wall Street Journal recently reported on the trial, citing "compelling evidence" that nutritional supplements including Vitamin E may be able to "stop prostate cancer before it starts."

The newspaper quoted Elise Cook, assistant professor of clinical cancer prevention at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston: "The significance of this trial is tremendous. You could avoid the whole issue of treatment if you prevent it in the first place."

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