EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE
Tuesday, July 24, 2001
12:01 a.m. EST
NCI Press Office
Southwest Oncology Group
Largest-Ever Prostate Cancer Prevention Trial Opens:
32,000 Men Sought to Test Vitamin E and Selenium
[For links to a SELECT Q and A, plus video, audio, and images about SELECT, please click on the links at the
end of this release]
- are age 55 or older; age 50 or older for black men
- have never had prostate cancer and have not had any other cancer, except nonmelanoma skin cancer, in
the last five years
- are generally in good health
To read a Q&A about SELECT, go to: http://newscenter.cancer.gov/pressreleases/SELECTQandA.html
For more information about SELECT and a list of participating centers:
- In the United States (including Puerto Rico), call the National Cancer Institute's Cancer Information
Service at 1-800-4-CANCER (1-800-422-6237) for information in English or Spanish. The number for
callers with TTY equipment is 1-800-332-8615.
- In Canada, call the Canadian Cancer Society's Cancer Information Service at
1-888-939-3333 for information in English or French.
Visit NCI's Web site at http://cancer.gov/select or visit SWOG's Web site at http://swog.org and choose SELECT.
SELECT Audio-Visual Materials
To listen to a radio news story about SELECT, visit http://www.radiospace.com/nihhome.htm. Scroll
down to CURRENT, RECENT AND UPCOMING REPORTS and click on 7/24/01 story on
To view an on-line copy of the Video News Release about SELECT, visit
To view an image of the crystalline structure of Vitamin E, go
To view an image of the chemical structure of Vitamin E, go
To view an image of the prostate, go
To view an image Vitamin E capsules, go
To view an image selenium capsules, go
To view an image selenium and Vitamin E capsules, go
Four pharmaceutical companies are providing selenium and vitamin E capsules and
multivitamins for the study: Roche Vitamins Inc., Parsipanny, N.J.; Sabinsa Corporation, Piscataway, N.J.;
Nutricia Manufacturing USA Inc., Greenville, S.C.; and BioAdvantex Pharma Inc., Mississauga, Ontario,
*Clark L.C., Combs GF Jr, Turnbull B.W., et al. Effects of selenium supplementation for cancer prevention in
patients with carcinoma of the skin. A randomized controlled trial. Nutritional Prevention of Cancer Study
Group. JAMA 276:1957-1963, 1996.
**Heinonen OP, Albanes D, Huttunen JK, et al. Prostate cancer and supplementation with alpha-tocopherol
and beta-carotene: incidence and mortality in a controlled trial.
J. Natl Cancer Inst 90:440-6, 1998.