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Less common cancers not helped by higher vitamin D levels

July 30, 2010
A large study by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and related institutions found that vitamin D does not reduce the risk of less common cancers such as endometrial cancer, esophageal cancer or ovarian cancer.

The study, published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, was based on blood samples taken in 10 studies to see if vitamin D could provide a protective buffer against rarer forms of cancer.

Researchers, in a collaborative effort of the NCI Cohort Consortium, examined vitamin D levels in blood collected from more than 12,000 study participants who were followed for as long as 33 years. The researchers had hoped that vitamin D might be used in cancer prevention, since some evidence suggests that higher levels of the vitamin may be linked to a lower risk of colorectal cancer.

"In this pooled analysis of cohort data, vitamin D was not associated with lower risk for these less common cancers, despite well-established benefits for bone health," concluded said Dr. Demetrius Albanes, a study investigator for the NCI.

Within the North Shore-LIJ Health System, rarer forms of cancer such as endometrial cancer, which strikes the lining of the uterus, are treated by a multidisciplinary team of specialists focused on individualized care plans for their patients.ADNFCR-2730-ID-19915882-ADNFCR
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