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April 2, 1982

Research on vitamin-cancer relationship getting big boost

JAMA. 1982;247(13):1799-1800. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03320380005002

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The National Cancer Institute (NCI) is launching a cancer chemoprevention program that includes broad-scale support of basic research and clinical trials with vitamins.

A formal announcement, including an invitation to investigators around the nation to apply for research grants, is expected from Bethesda, Md, in the next two to three weeks.

The NCI has been studying the effects of vitamins on cancer for more than a decade (JAMA [MEDICAL NEWS] 1976;235:1409-1410 and 1978;240:609-615), but a long-range program with such extensive extramural participation is a first. Entitling this program "chemoprevention" also is a first.

The program comes on the heels of an American Cancer Society (ACS) decision to support chemoprevention research that, among other things, will seek to identify chemicals in food that inhibit development of cancers. Among the prime food candidates: brussels sprouts, cabbage, fruit, green coffee beans, and black tea.

It also comes within a month or so of