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Vitamin supplements do not cut risk of gastrointestinal cancer

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 07 October 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:817


The Oesophageal Cancer belt stretches from the Caspian Sea to the
north of China. It also includes Afghanistan and North West of Pakistan
where we see patients. Oesophageal Cancer in Afghan population (males and
females) ranked fourth in our study. Chinese have also done some studies
themselves as well as with National Cancer Institute USA (NCI)
collaboration, where supplements of vitamins were given and we were told
that the incidence of Oesophageal Cancer decreased. It will be interesting
to know whether the authors of the article on “Vitamin supplements do not
cut risk of gastrointestinal cancer” took the Chinese and the NCI studies
into consideration before arriving at the conclusion.

Competing interests:
None declared

Competing interests: No competing interests

08 October 2004
Dr.Sher M Khan
Cyrus M.A.Khan
Peshawar, Pakistan