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Vitamins may reduce likelihood of cancer for men

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A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association reports that there was a slight decrease in the number of cases of cancer among men who took vitamins during a decade-long trial, BBC News reported.

The research, which was conducted at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, looked at 15,000 men who were over 50 years old for more than ten years. The men were divided up into two groups: One received a multivitamin every day, while the other group took a sugar pill daily. The results showed that there were 17 cases of cancer for every 1,000 men who took the vitamins and 18 cases of cancer for every 1,000 men who took the placebo.

The news source noted that many experts recommend a diet rich in fruits and vegetables in order to receive the proper amount of nutrients.

"Now we know that taking a daily multivitamin, in addition to addressing vitamin and mineral deficiencies, may also be considered in the prevention of cancer in middle-aged and older men," one of the research authors, Howard Sesso, Sc.D., M.P.H. told BBC News.

You can find out if you're deficient in a certain vitamin by taking a blood test. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), individuals who experience numbness or tingling in the extremities may want to get tested for levels vitamin B12, because these symptoms can be caused by a deficiency in the nutrient.

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