Selenium shows protective effect for bladder cancer
Selenium is an essential macronutrient, and is considered to be an antioxidant. High levels of selenium have been inversely associated with risk of developing several cancers, including bladder, prostate and thryroid.
High selenium intake could have a beneficial effect on bladder cancer risk, according new research.
A significant protective effect for selenium was seen mainly among women. The researchers suggest this may result from gender-specific differences in selenium accumulation and excretion.
The researchers suggest further research is needed in to the relationship between selenium and bladder cancer, focusing especially on the dose-response relationship.