Breast Cancer Research and Treatment

, Volume 111, Issue 2, pp 269–278 | Cite as

Vitamin supplement use and risk for breast cancer: the Shanghai Breast Cancer Study

  • Tsogzolmaa Dorjgochoo
  • Martha J. ShrubsoleEmail author
  • Xiao Ou Shu
  • Wei Lu
  • Zhixian Ruan
  • Ying Zheng
  • Hui Cai
  • Qi Dai
  • Kai Gu
  • Yu-Tang Gao
  • Wei Zheng


Objective The influence of vitamin supplements on breast cancer risk is unclear and the interactive effects of dietary and supplemental sources are unknown. This study investigated (1) the association between self-reported vitamin supplement use (multivitamin, A, B, C, and E) and breast cancer and (2) the combined effect of vitamin supplements in relation to dietary vitamin intakes on breast cancer risk. Methods The Shanghai Breast Cancer Study was a population-based case-control study conducted in Shanghai in 1996–1998 (Phase I) and 2002–2004 (Phase II). Participants were aged 25–64 (Phase I) and 20–70 years (Phase II). The analyses included 3,454 incident breast cancer cases and 3,474 controls. Unconditional logistic regression models were used to determine adjusted odds ratios (ORs) for breast cancer risk associated with vitamin supplement use. Results Overall, breast cancer risk was not related to any vitamin supplement intake. However, a 20% reduction in breast cancer risk was observed with vitamin E supplement use among women with low-dietary vitamin E intake (OR = 0.8; 95% confidence interval (CI), 0.6–1.0). A non-significant 20% risk reduction was observed among vitamin B supplement users with low B dietary intake (OR = 0.8; 95% CI, 0.6–1.1). Frequent use of a vitamin B supplement was adversely associated with breast cancer risk among those with high dietary vitamin B intake (OR = 1.4; 95% CI: 0.9–2.1; P for interaction = 0.07). Conclusions This study suggests that vitamins E and B supplements may confer protection against breast cancer among women who have low dietary intake of those vitamins.


Antioxidants Breast cancer Dietary supplements Epidemiology Vitamin A Vitamin B Vitamin C Vitamin E 



This research was funded by grant RO1CA64277 from the National Cancer Institute. The authors wish to express their gratitude to Dr. Fan Jin for her contributions in coordinating data collection in Shanghai, Bethanie Hull for her technical assistance in the preparation of this manuscript, and all of the study participants and research staff of the Shanghai Breast Cancer Study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tsogzolmaa Dorjgochoo
    • 1
  • Martha J. Shrubsole
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    Email author
  • Xiao Ou Shu
    • 1
    • 2
  • Wei Lu
    • 4
  • Zhixian Ruan
    • 5
  • Ying Zheng
    • 4
  • Hui Cai
    • 1
    • 2
  • Qi Dai
    • 1
  • Kai Gu
    • 4
  • Yu-Tang Gao
    • 5
  • Wei Zheng
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Medicine, Vanderbilt Epidemiology Center, School of MedicineVanderbilt UniversityNashvilleUSA
  2. 2.Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer CenterNashvilleUSA
  3. 3.Vanderbilt Epidemiology Center, Institute for Medicine and Public HealthNashvilleUSA
  4. 4.Shanghai Institute of Preventive MedicineShanghaiChina
  5. 5.Department of EpidemiologyShanghai Cancer InstituteShanghaiChina

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