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Vitamin E Supplements, Lung Cancer Risk Needs Further Review - ATBC Study

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Further review of the effects of vitamin E supplementation on lung cancer risk among male smokers is recommended by Alpha-Tocopherol, Beta Carotene Cancer Prevention (ATBC) Study researchers in a report published in the Oct. 20 issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

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