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Boost vitamin D levels

24th August 2007

American researchers have said that spending 10-15 minutes in the sun to allow the body to produce vitamin D could provide a defence against some forms of cancer.

A new study says that the "deficiency" of the vitamin could contribute to hundreds of thousands of cancer cases across the world each year. In particular, the lack of sun in countries in northern Europe could leave the body vulnerable to cancer.

Dr Garland, a cancer prevention specialist working in the research team, said: "For the first time we are saying that 600,000 cases of breast and colorectal cancer could be prevented each year worldwide, including nearly 150,000 in the US alone."

 

 

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