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Herb Mix Nixes Prostate Cancer in Lab

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Michael K. Brawer, MD, director of Seattle's Northwest Prostate Institute, says Katz's work is well respected by other urologists. He notes that there are several clinical trials looking at whether COX-2 inhibitors can prevent prostate cancer. And he says that while proof is lacking, there is evidence that people who take some supplements have a lower incidence of prostate cancer.

"What I tell patients is that the data is not conclusive, but there are a number of compounds -- like lycopene, selenium, and vitamin E - that seem to be linked to decreased incidence of prostate cancer," Brawer tells WebMD. "I think to the extent you can extrapolate from studies that weren't specifically about prostate cancer, these compounds are probably safe and may have efficacy. But there are other compounds that can do harm. One, PC-SPEC, was a disaster. That showed we need to study these things carefully to make sure they are safe and effective."

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