A study was published in a recent edition of the Breast Cancer Research and Treatment journal, which determined that a deficiency in vitamin D was connected with a heightened risk of breast cancer.
In the publication, the researchers suggested that vitamin D’s importance to cell growth regulation may be the link between its deficiency and the risk of cancer. The reason is that cancer occurs when abnormal cells experience uncontrolled division in a portion of the body.
This research(i) has only added to a growing body of evidence that suggests that vitamin D can play an important positive role in cancer. That said, additional study is required in order to clearly understand the relationship between vitamin D and breast cancer. This recent research represents the first time the concept was examined among Asian women.
This large study involved the participation of Korean women. The vitamin D levels were compared between a control group of 17,133 people and a group of 3,634 patients with breast cancer. The outcome of the analysis was that there was a 27 percent higher chance of breast cancer among people whose vitamin D levels were deficient when compared with those who had an adequate level of vitamin D. Menopausal status did not lead to a significant change in this risk increase.
- (i) Serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D deficiency and increased risk of breast cancer among Korean women: a case-control study.
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