New bladder cancer research results revealed
A study into bladder cancer
has found that a common mineral may decrease the chances of contracting bladder cancer. Selenium
is found in foods that are grown in selenium-rich soil, in meat products from animals that have grazed in selenium-rich fields and from foods which have had selenium added.
The study into bladder cancer
found that selenium incorporates enzymes with antioxidant properties that prevent the cellular damage associated with bladder cancer and other forms of cancer.
The lead researcher, Núria Malats, said: "The lower the levels of selenium, the higher the risk of developing bladder cancer".
Using the results of seven previous studies, the researchers noted that selenium seemed to protect against bladder cancer, especially in women.
"Although our results suggest a beneficial effect of high selenium intake for bladder cancer risk, more studies are needed to confirm these findings before an enforcement of high selenium intake is recommended" Malats said.
Further research into the prevention of bladder cancer will be required, but it may be that certain members of society thought to be most at risk of contracting this form of cancer could be advised to take a daily amount of selenium to reduce their risk of getting bladder cancer in the future.