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Prostate Cancer Selenium:
Selenium May Intensify Prostate Cancer
Keith D. Bishop, Clinical Nutritionist - July 4, 2009
Higher selenium blood levels may intensify aggressive prostate cancer in some men
who already have the disease.
Researchers at the Dana-Farber Cancer
Institute and the University of California, San Francisco studied the relationship between selenium blood
levels and the risk of aggressive prostate cancer. They found the risk of aggressive prostate cancer was increased by both the
manganese superoxide dismutase (SOD2) gene and high selenium blood levels.
Researchers state “if you already have prostate cancer, it may be a
bad thing to take selenium.”
Reference Source: Plasma Selenium, Manganese Superoxide Dismutase, and Intermediate- or High-Risk Prostate Cancer.
Chan JM, Oh WK, Xie W, Regan MM, Stampfer MJ, King IB, Abe M, Kantoff PW. Journal of Clinical Oncology 2009 Jun
This is the first study that raises concerns about this potentially harmful consequence of taking supplemental
selenium. The previous SELECT prevention study found selenium did not prevent nor decrease the risk of prostate
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About the Author:
Keith D. Bishop, Clinical Nutritionist, B.Sc. Pharmacy helps his clients
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