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1/10/02

The Select Study

Researchers are looking for a few good men, about 35,000 of them to take part in a simple study that could have big results. It's a nationwide study aimed at preventing Prostate Cancer, a disease that will be diagnosed this year in 80,000 men.

It's called the Select Study, and it calls for two pills a day. "The Select Study is a study using vitamins to see if we can decrease the risk of a person developing Prostate Cancer. We're not entirely sure why they work, but one theory is that they're antioxidants and that's why they can prevent Prostate Cancer," says Dr. Mark Kozloff of Ingall's Hospital.

The two pills are Vitamin E and Selenium. The Select Study will continue for seven years. It's a double blind study which means that some men will get the vitamins and others won't. You don't know who's getting what.

If you are in good health and have never had prostate cancer, you can enroll at age 55. Although, African American men can enroll at the age of 50 because they are at higher risk of Prostate Cancer.

There are over 400 study sites in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico enrolling men in this study. To see if you're a candidate, you can call 1-800-4-CANCER or (click here).

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