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Vitamin D reduces cancer

19th September 2006

19092006_vitamin_D.jpgA  US study has found that a healthy intake of vitamin D can almost halve the risk of pancreatic cancer.

More than 3,600 new cases of pancreatic cancer in women and more than 3,500 in men occur in the UK every year.

The study, by researchers at Northwestern and Harvard universities, looked at 46,711 men and 75,427 women and found that taking the recommended daily allowance of vitamin D reduced the risk of the cancer by 43%.

Vitamin D was studied as it had previously shown potential in reducing the risk of prostate, breast and colon cancer. Pancreas tissue, both cancerous and normal, has been found to contain high levels of an enzyme that converts vitamin D into its active form.

The study, published in the September issue of Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers & Prevention, says that more research is needed to determine if vitamin D from dietary sources or the sun may be preferable to supplements.  No other factors except for smoking have been linked to pancreatic cancer.

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David Wergin

Wednesday 20th September 2006 @ 4:34

The Lead Author of the Study was Hal Skinner, Assistant Professor at The University of Wisconsin - Madison


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