"Sunshine Vitamin" May Improve Cancer Survival Rates
the MPR take:
A meta-analysis of 25 research studies with 17,332 cancer patients, published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, found significant associations between patient vitamin D levels at or near the time of diagnosis and cancer survival rates. Patients diagnosed with breast, colorectal, and prostate cancers that had a 10nmol/L increase of vitamin D levels within their blood had a 4% higher survival rate, compared to cancer patients with lower vitamin D levels. Vitamin D binds to vitamin D receptor proteins, making it critical to the normal life cycle of a cell. It is unknown the amount of vitamin D that would be required to help cancer patient survival rates.
The "sunshine vitamin" may assist in recovery from a number of cancers, according to a new paper published in the Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. The researchers found higher levels of vitamin D are linked to better survival rates for breast, colorectal and ...
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