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Daily vitamin dose linked to skin cancer

health-and-fitness Updated: Sep 29, 2010 00:38 IST

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People who regularly take vitamin supplements for better health and increased vitality may be putting themselves at risk of developing malignant melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, a new study has claimed.

Researchers at the National Centre for Rare Skin Diseases in Bordeaux, France, found that vitamin pills containing antioxidants and minerals appear to increase the chances of developing the disease.

The scientists, who gave volunteers pills containing vitamin E, ascorbic acid, beta-carotene, selenium and zinc, found that they were four times more likely to get cancer than those who took dummy pills.

The findings come from a follow-up study to one conducted in 2007, which revealed the risks to vitamin-pill poppers.

That research involving 13,000 adults found that those who took daily supplements to stay healthy were at much higher risk of skin cancer.