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April 19, 2006

Sunshine And Vitamin D Aid Lung Cancer Survival

Topics: Health Issues

Vitamin D is back in the cancer prevention news!

Researchers at Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health report that patients who had high levels of vitamin D and had surgery in sunny months were more than twice as likely to be alive five years after surgery compared to patients with low levels of vitamin D who had surgery in the winter.

If the research is validated it could mean that taking vitamin D or fortified nutritional supplements soon after a diagnosis and before surgery could provide a survival advantage. Although the link between vitamin D and surgery outcome isn't known, other studies have suggested that it may work to inhibit a variety of cancers as an anti-proliferative.

Related: Revealed: the pill that prevents cancer - A 40-year review of research has found that a daily dose of vitamin D could cut the risk of cancers of the breast, colon and ovary by up to a half. (And now we can add lung cancer to the list)

Posted by Richard at April 19, 2006 8:31 PM



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