Published: Oct 10, 2013 | Updated: Oct 11, 2013 By Charles Bankhead, Staff Writer, MedPage Today
Postmenopausal breast cancer patients had a significantly lower risk of dying of the disease if they consumed multivitamins with minerals, an analysis of data from the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) showed.
Overall, use of multivitamins with minerals was associated with a 30% lower likelihood of breast cancer mortality in women who were already taking the vitamins at diagnosis. A matched analysis yielded a similar reduction in the hazard for fatal breast cancer.
“This large prospective study among U.S. older women showed a consistent association between multivitamin and mineral use and lower breast cancer mortality,” Sylvia Wassertheil-Smoller, PhD, of Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, N.Y., and co-authors reported online in Breast Cancer Research and Treatment. “Such suggestive evidence of benefit of multivitamin with minerals in the breast cancer setting is intriguing but should be followed up in future investigations.”