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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. 

Prostate Cancer SeleniumResearchers 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 15.

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 cancer.

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About the Author:

Keith D. Bishop, Clinical Nutritionist, B.Sc. Pharmacy helps his clients improve their health by using natural products, tests and self care. He writes special reports on natural product, diet and lifestyle effects on cancer. You may schedule an appointment for customized natural cancer recommendations by calling 405.919.1982. Click here to learn more about Alternative Cancer Treatment Appointments.


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