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Vitamins Might Reduce Breast Cancer Mortality

(Medscape) Older women who developed invasive breast cancer while taking multivitamin supplements with minerals had a 30% lower rate of breast cancer mortality than women who did not take supplements, according to an analysis of data from the Women's Health Initiative (WHI)…
"Our data suggest that multivitamins with minerals [MVM] have a protective role for women with breast cancer. Ours is the largest study of multivitamin supplements in postmenopausal breast cancer survivors, so we had a lot of power to uncover these associations," [said] lead author Sylvia Wassertheil-Smoller, MD…
"[S]upplement users were healthier and had a healthier lifestyle. The researchers did their best to control for these issues in the statistical analyses, but despite this, they cannot exclude the possibility of residual confounding. Better survival among breast cancer patients who used supplements may be the result of better health and health behavior," said Dr. [Jaakko Mursu, who was not involved in the study].
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