Breast Cancer and Vitamin D, What’s the Connection?

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By Dr. Sherry Ross | Originally Published on Huffington Post

The fact is breast cancer affects 1 in 8 women. As early as the 1980’s, studies began looking at the link between Vitamin D and various types of cancer, including breast cancer. Animal studies have consistently shown a correlation between low Vitamin D and breast cancer, but this has been harder to prove in humans — until now. A research team looked at 77 studies addressing this connection and found some exciting results. They concluded that high Vitamin D levels may be associated with a lower death rate in patients with breast cancer. In one particular study, breast cancer patients with the highest Vitamin D levels had a 44% lower death rate compared to patients with low levels. Other newer studies show a connection between low Vitamin D and breast cancer recurrence and shortened survival.

An article recently ran in the Los Angeles Times speaking out against the use and overuse of vitamin supplements. The article pointed out there was no evidence to support vitamin supplementation decreases cardiovascular disease or cancer. The author noted one exception: Vitamin D.

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