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Daily multivitamin-multimineral may help protect against cancer

October 17, 2012
  • By Patrick J. Skerrett, Former Executive Editor, Harvard Health

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Patrick J. Skerrett, Former Executive Editor, Harvard Health

Pat Skerrett is the editor of STAT's First Opinion and host of the First Opinion podcast. He is the former editor of the Harvard Health blog and former Executive Editor of Harvard Health Publishing. Before that, he was editor of … See Full Bio
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December 7, 2012

I agree, eating fruits and vegetables it’s good

Nick Struan
November 4, 2012

Thank you for sharing an excellent article highlighting the possible advantages of taking multivitamins, the questions remain if vitamins are delivered in the necessary dosages for optimum health and are the vegetables assumed to be organic. The whole reason for taking vitamins is supposed to be to supplement the deficiencies in our soils and to deliver much needed trace elements, if I’m not mistaken. I would welcome much further studies in this area as I believe that many people are unsure as to the real benefits of much of what they eat. Thanks a lot

November 3, 2012

A very basic thing that took too long to understand. Deficiency of vitamins and minerals causes millions of death all around the globe. Now that’s what I call cancer.

Robert Sanchez
October 22, 2012

I’m sorry but this article isn’t useful whatsoever. Plus, you say ‘May help protect’. Why write this then? This is an old prescription that no longer works unless the person has a great diet, not good, great. I’d like to see you cover what people should eat and drink to keep them from getting cancer or disease such as a no fructose, low sugar diebt, no fast food or processed foods. For example, over 600,000 consumer food products people eat every day are made with GMO’s. If this country knew what they were actually eating, they would need more than a vitamin. Thank you.

October 22, 2012

I think depending on the medicines for sake of proteins and vitamins is not a good idea, it may lead to some side effects, so always prefer to take natural food which serves for best nutrients.

skin cancer
October 20, 2012

II have a scar on my right cheek from a large mole removed when I was three years old. It was itchy and the bumpy red part bled when scratched. Turns out it was Basal Cell Carcinoma.

Georgia P Dash RN, MS, CIC
October 19, 2012

Thank you so much for all of the thought and effort that has gone into making this an excellent publication. It is a real contribution to preventive medicine.

Uda Mude
October 19, 2012

helpful information,im nutritionist and interest about this topic,i’ll extend this study in my country (Indonesia). hopely could solve our problem. thx

October 19, 2012

I am really very interested in such researches of helping me getting knowledge of how I can protect my self from dangerous diseases , thank you very much HARVARD MEDICAL SCHOOL .

betty vazquez
October 18, 2012

I love this information is very helpful

Ann M.
October 18, 2012

Thanks for including the absolute reduction in risk as well as the relative reduction in risk… that has been missing in a lot of media coverage.

October 18, 2012

With so much contraversies on the topics above such a timely publications.
Useful and educational.

October 17, 2012

Perfect and so useful

Thanks alot

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