Recent Study Shows that Multivitamins May Lower Cancer Risk Among Men


Recent Study Shows that Multivitamins May Lower Cancer Risk Among Men

Walgreens Pharmacists Available to Counsel Individuals about Vitamins

DEERFIELD, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The Journal of the American Medical Association Wednesday released a study showing that long-term multivitamin use may lower cancer risk among men. Walgreens (NYS: WAG) (NAS: WAG) pharmacists are among the most accessible health care providers available to counsel individuals about their vitamin options.1

Daily use of a multivitamin reduced the incidence of total cancer in a long-term study of approximately 15,000 men, researchers said Wednesday. The study found that male physicians randomly chosen to take Pfizer Inc.'s PFE +0.16% multivitamin Centrum Silver had a statistically significant reduction in risk of developing cancer compared with those taking a placebo. Participants were followed for an average of 11.2 years.

"Our pharmacists are available to discuss vitamin options with individuals and counsel them about potential side effects that certain ingredients can have with select prescriptions," said Kermit Crawford, Walgreens president of pharmacy, health and wellness. "Our large selection of multivitamin products and expert advice from pharmacists can help customers make the right choice to get, stay and live well."

Results from the trial, titled the Physicians' Health Study II, were presented Wednesday at a meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research in Anaheim, Calif., and published online by the Journal of the American Medical Association. The study was conducted by researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School. A reported 2,669 cases of cancer were diagnosed among the participants, including 1,290 of the 7,317 men who took the multivitamin and 1,379 of 7,324 assigned to a placebo. Cancer deaths were also lower among vitamin-takers—403 versus 456, respectively.

1 Consultation is not a substitute for medical advice. Patients should consult with their physicians before taking any dietary supplement.

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