There has been an explosion of new information recently about prostate cancer, all of which is extremely relevant to men as they age.
Starting in the early 1990’s there was a hint that taking vitamin and mineral supplements would protect men from getting prostate cancer. A pilot study suggested that taking selenium would be highly protective. Subsequent small studies suggested that Vitamin A or Vitamin E might have a protective effect as well. A recent study from Canada seems to refute this concept. Over three hundred men with biopsy-proven pre-malignant changes were studied: half took soy, Vitamin E and selenium and half took placebos. There was no protective effect of the supplements. The study was small and one could argue that the men were not on the supplements early enough but the data suggest that this approach is a waste of time. Other recent larger studies suggest this as well.