Multivitamins may help women survive breast cancer
by Newsletter Editor
Doctors wanted to know if multivitamin-mineral supplements would affect survival in women with invasive breast cancer, which spreads outside the milk glands or ducts and into breast tissue. In this study, doctors followed 7,728 women, aged 50 to 79, for seven years after being diagnosed with the disease.
At the start of the study, about four in 10 of the women were taking multivitamin-mineral supplements. To help increase their confidence in the findings, doctors first looked carefully at the women’s lifestyle factors including smoking, education, race and ethnicity, weight, depression, alcohol, and age at time of diagnosis, and adjusted for all these factors.
Women who took multivitamin-mineral supplements were 30 percent less likely to die from invasive breast cancer than women who didn’t take multivitamin-mineral supplements. Discussing their findings, doctors said multivitamin-mineral supplements may help older women with invasive breast cancer survive.