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WASHINGTON, Jun 30, 2003 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Monday concluded there is insufficient evidence to recommend vitamins as a way to prevent cancer or heart disease.

The group also recommended against the using beta carotene supplements by smokers because of a possible increased risk of lung cancer and death.

The Task reviewed studies on the use of vitamins A, C, and E, multivitamins with folic acid, and antioxidant combinations to reduce the risk of cancer or cardiovascular disease in adults. The findings were published in the July 1 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine.

The Task Force is the leading independent panel of private-sector experts in prevention and primary care and is sponsored by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

Copyright 2003 by United Press International.

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