US Pharm. 2012;37(11):46.

According to results from new research from the Physicians’ Health Study II, conducted by Brigham and Women’s Hospital, daily multivitamins can help a man reduce his risk of cancer. The study was presented in October at the 11th Annual AACR International Conference on Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research and simultaneously published online in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Nearly 15,000 men over the age of 50 years took either a multivitamin or a placebo every day for more than 10 years, and researchers found that the group taking a daily multivitamin had an 8% reduction in total cancer compared with the placebo group, as well as apparent reduction in cancer deaths. Researchers do not know which specific vitamins or minerals in a multivitamin may be responsible for lowering the cancer risk for men or whether women or men younger than 50 would see the same result.