Can vitamin E reduce the risk of prostate cancer?

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Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
I think the jury is still out on whether vitamin E supplements help prevent prostate cancer. Some studies have shown that certain forms of vitamin E can destroy cancer cells. Recently, one large study known as the SELECT (Selenium and Vitamin E Cancer Prevention Trial) study failed to find any evidence that vitamin E supplements fight prostate cancer. But the men in that study received a form of vitamin E, called dl-alpha-tocopherol-acetate, that wasn't previously known to have any effect on cancer cells. Also, taking large doses of a single vitamin, such as vitamin E, is unlikely to yield any health benefit unless you're eating a well-balanced diet. A healthy diet gives vitamin E the support it needs from other nutrients to neutralize damaging molecules called free radicals. Talk to your doctor about all the steps you can take to lower your risk for prostate cancer. 
Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
Some data shows that taking vitamin E-especially mixed tocopherols-decreases the risk of prostate cancer.

But if you're taking a statin medication, you shouldn't take more than 100 IU of mixed tocopherols or vitamin E because it inhibits the statin's function by 40 percent.

The vitamin E will have no effect on cholesterol level, though it will inhibit the anti-inflammatory effect of statins such as Zocor, Lipitor, and Crestor.
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