Breast cancer linked to lack of Vitamin D
Jun 10, 2011
Lack of sufficient Vitamin D has been linked to higher risks for breast cancer, according to researchers from the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC). The findings were presented at an annual breast surgeons meeting and represent a significant step towards uncovering the mechanisms between Vitamin D and breast tumors.
A lack of Vitamin D was associated with higher risks for triple-negative breast cancer, one of the most difficult forms of the disease.
"This is one of only a few studies to examine the role of vitamin D in breast cancer progression, rather than cancer development, and the magnitude of the findings were quite surprising. Based on these results, doctors should strongly consider monitoring vitamin D levels among breast cancer patients and correcting them as needed," said Dr. Luke Peppone, a leader author, from URMC.
Dr. Kristin Skinner discussed the findings at the American Society of Breast Surgeons 12th Annual Meeting. The spokesperson for the meeting, Dr. Deanna Attai, said that Vitamin D's link with breast cancer was undoubtedly an area that needed further exploration.
About one in eight women in the U.S. is diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in her lifetime, according to the American Cancer Society. More than 200,000 women were newly diagnosed with the illness last year. The ACS recommends that women over the age of 40 receive yearly mammograms.