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Lancet. 1985 Oct 19;2(8460):862-3.

Selenium deficiency and possible increased risk of carcinoma in adults with cystic fibrosis.


20 young adults with cystic fibrosis (CF), including 2 with cancer, were found to have low serum selenium concentrations. Serum vitamin E concentrations were also low. It is suggested that low levels of circulating selenium are associated with increased risk of carcinoma, particularly in the presence of reduced vitamin E levels. Older patients with CF may be at increased risk for the development of carcinoma.

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