Use of glucosamine and chondroitin supplements and risk of colorectal cancer.

Publication Type:

Journal Article


Cancer causes & control : CCC, Volume 24, Issue 6, p.1137-46 (2013)


2013, April 2013, Center-Authored Paper, Clinical Research Division, Epidemiology Core Facility, Nutrition Assessment Core Facility, Prevention Center Core Facility, Public Health Sciences Division, Research Trials Office Core Facility - Biostatistics Service, Scientific Imaging Core Facility, Specimen Processing Core Facility


Glucosamine and chondroitin are non-vitamin, non-mineral supplements which have anti-inflammatory properties. These supplements are typically used for joint pain and osteoarthritis and are commonly taken as either glucosamine alone or glucosamine plus chondroitin. An exploratory analysis conducted within the VITamins And Lifestyle (VITAL) study observed any use of glucosamine and chondroitin to be associated with reduced risk of colorectal cancer (CRC) after 5 years of follow-up.