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Selenium Supplement Found To Suppress Development Of New Colon Polyps

December 6, 2009: 10:46 AM EST
An Italian study of 411 people aged 25 to 75 who had already had benign polyps called adenomas removed from their colon found that those who took a daily supplement of the antioxidant selenium with various vitamins were 40 percent less likely to develop new adenomas. Though only a small proportion of polyps develop into cancer, as much as 70 to 80 percent of colorectal cancers stem from adenomas, which are common in people aged 60 or older. The researchers said they observed the benefit of the selenium supplement through 13 years of follow up.
Luigina Bonelli, M.D., "Antioxidant Compound Reduced Incidence of Colorectal Metachronous Adenomas", Presentation, Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research Conference, December 06, 2009, © American Association for Cancer Research
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