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Participants Needed for Prostate Cancer Study

Posted August 1, 2001 8:52 a.m. EDT

— Researchers want to see if Vitamin E and the mineral selenium protect men from prostate cancer.

It is known that these antioxidants help neutralize toxins, known as free radicals, which can lead to cancer.

Separate studies have shown that both nutrients can help reduce the risk of prostate cancer by 30 to 60 percent.

The National Cancer Institute has launched a new study to see if daily supplements of both Vitamin E and selenium reduce that risk even more.

"We don't go into these studies thinking we're going to eliminate 100 percent of the disease, but even reducing the risk by 50 or 20 percent would have a major impact on the health of men in the country," says Dr. Leslie Ford of the National Cancer Institute.

More than 32,000 healthy men over age 55 are

needed for the study


Researchers are especially looking for black males, who tend to get prostate cancer more often than other men, and at a younger age.

Duke University and the Durham VA are taking part in the study. For more information call