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Increased Vitamin D Levels May Lower The Risk Of Colorectal Cancer

March 15, 2011: 10:50 AM EST

A meta-analysis of prior non-clinical studies that focused on vitamin D levels and three types of cancer found that high levels of vitamin D in the blood were associated with a reduced risk of colorectal cancer, but not of breast or prostate cancer. The multinational team of researchers found that the risk of colorectal cancer declined by 15 percent for every 10 nanograms per milliliter increase in levels of vitamin D (25-hydroxyvitamin D). The researchers concluded that randomized clinical trials would be required to determine whether increasing vitamin D levels would change the risk of colorectal cancer and how much of an increase would be “useful as a public health measure.”

S. Gandini, et al., "Meta-analysis of observational studies of serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D levels and colorectal, breast and prostate cancer and colorectal adenoma", International Journal of Cancer, March 15, 2011, © UICC
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