Vitamin E May Cut The Risk Of Prostate Cancer

PARIS-Vitamin E lowered the incidence of prostate cancer by a third in a large study of smokers in Finland but beta carotene, a form of vitamin A, did not give similar benefit.

Prostate cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in U.S. males. It is estimated that there will be more than 180,000 cases in 1998 along with close to 40,000 deaths. African-American men have the highest rates of prostate cancer in the U.S.

Both vitamin E and beta carotene are anti-oxidants, compounds thought to prevent carcinogens (cancer-causing agents) from damaging the DNA and so setting the stage for cancer.