Question of the Week # 125

Q125) A 55 Year old man comes to your office with complaints of progressively shortness of breath on exertion for the past 3 months. Physical examination reveals scattered wheezes . Pulmonary function tests reveal irreversible obstructive pattern. The patient is started on tiotropium inhaler. His other medications include enalapril for hypertension and over-the-counter vitamin supplements that he routinely uses on a daily basis which include Vitamin A, Vitamin B-complex, Beta-carotene , Selenium and Vitamin E. Chest X-ray is consistent with chronic obstructive airway disease but did not reveal any lung nodules or masses. The patient is counselled about lung cancer risk and strongly counselled on cessation of smoking. In addition to counselling regarding smoking cessation, which of the following is the most important measure to reduce his lung cancer risk?

A) CT scan of the chest every year

B) Discontinue Vitamin E

C) Discontinue Selenium

D) Discontinue Beta Carotene

E) Start Vitamin D supplements for chemoprevention

 

 

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Question of the Week #124

Q124) A 50 year old man comes for regular health checkup. His family history is significant for colon cancer in his grandfather at the age of 70 and prostate cancer in his father at age 75. His mother had breast cancer at age 65. The patient recently underwent colonoscopy which was normal. During his visit, he asks you if there are any pills or medications that he could use to prevent cancer.  Which of the following have been shown to prevent cancer in a prospective clinical trial?

A)     Vitamin D

B)      Selenium

C)      Beta Carotene

D)     Finasteride

E)      Vitamin B-complex

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