Researchers have lately found the Vitamin D pills or calcium, or combination of both fails to prevent the colon cancer growth.
Details of the new study can be found from the New England of Medicine journal, which writes this is the latest setback among several efforts that tried preventing the disease through vitamin supplements.
Dr. John Baron of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill said the new study came as a big surprise to them as they understood calcium prevents and also the supporting data was strong too.
The researchers studied more than 2,200 people who were lately diagnosed with polyps, precancerous growths removed during colonoscopy. The subjects were given vitamin D3, calcium, both or neither for three to five years.
It was found 43 to 45 percent of the subjects developed a new polyp after the study period. It was found 43 to 45 percent of the subjects developed a new polyp after the study period.
Assistant professor of epidemiology and community and family medicine at Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine, Elizabeth Barry, said the study suggests people should not take calcium or vitamin D to reduce the colon cancer risk.
In the US the colon cancer is number two cancer killer. Its risk increases with age and more than 90 percent of people having the disease is above 50 years of age.
Researchers say the risk of colon cancer can be reduced by having high-fiber and low-fat diet apart from doing regular exercise and not taking alcohol.