Specialty supplements and breast cancer risk in the VITamins And Lifestyle (VITAL) Cohort.

Publication Type:

Journal Article


Cancer epidemiology, biomarkers & prevention : a publication of the American Association for Cancer Research, cosponsored by the American Society of Preventive Oncology, Volume 19, Issue 7, p.1696-708 (2010)


2010, Adult, Aged, Aged, 80 and over, Breast Neoplasms, Center-Authored Paper, Cohort Studies, Collaborative Data Services Core Facility, Dietary Supplements, Epidemiology Core Facility, Female, Fish Oils, Humans, Middle Aged, Nutrition Assessment Core Facility, Prospective Studies, Public Health Sciences Division, Risk Factors, Shared Resources, Washington


Use of nonvitamin, nonmineral "specialty" supplements has increased substantially over recent decades. Several supplements may have anti-inflammatory or anticancer properties. Additionally, supplements taken for symptoms of menopause have been associated with reduced risk of breast cancer in two case-control studies. However, there have been no prospective studies of the association between the long-term use of these supplements and breast cancer risk.