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Vitamin D and breast cancer survival

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Photo courtesy of Irina Patrascu
Written by JSK.

Vitamin D is one of the most popular nutrients and a lot of research has been done in the recent past to study its effects. Past studies have established the fact that sufficient quantity of vitamin D in our body has a protective effect against heart disease, fractures and depression. However, in addition to this, new clinical trials have proved that high levels of vitamin D also increase the survival rate among women with breast cancer (1).

Breast cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer haunting women across the globe (2). Statistics reveal an alarming trend – about 1.7 million new cases of breast cancer were diagnosed in the year 2012 (3). Researchers point towards the fact that adequate nutrition during the growing up years can prevent women from falling prey to this deadly disease. In view of this fact, studies have been conducted to assess whether high levels of vitamin D can increase the survival rates of women with breast…