Multivitamin use 'does not lower cancer risk'

A new study has found the long-term use of multivitamins does not have any impact on the risk of a number of common cancers in postmenopausal women.

The results of a study by the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Centre studied over 162,000 women and their multivitamin use, with 41.5 per cent using them on a regular basis.

Over an eight-year period there were 9,619 cases of breast, colorectal, endometrial, renal, bladder, stomach, lung or ovarian cancer found.

No significant differences in the risks of cancer were found between postmenopausal women who used multivitamins and those who did not.

Marian Neuhouser, associate member of the public health services division at the centre, said it was a "surprise" they did not lower the risk.

She advised: "Get nutrients from food.

"Whole foods are better than dietary supplements. Getting a wide variety of fruits, vegetables and whole grains is particularly important."

Recent research by the Danish Cancer Society found the use of fertility drugs did not increase the risk of ovarian cancer.