Health Discoveries in Colorectal Cancers

Study_ Vitamin D may cut risk of colon cancer

February 11, 2010
European participants of a long-term cancer study who had high levels of vitamin D in their blood lowered their risk of colon cancer by as much as 40 percent, researchers found.

A review of dietary and lifestyle habits, as well as blood samples, from more than 520,000 in 10 western European countries, showed those with blood concentrations of 50-75 nmol/l (nanomoles per liter) had the lowest risk of colon cancer. The European Prospective Investigation into Cancer study (EPIC) was done from 1992 to 1998, and participants were tracked for several years thereafter.

However, the findings published online in the British Medical Journal do not conclude that taking vitamin D supplements is necessarily better than achieving vitamin levels through a balanced diet that is combined with regular and moderate exposure to outdoor sunlight (which generates vitamin D in the skin).

One of the current clinical trials concerning colon and rectal cancer within the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research is examining the effects of chemotherapy in conjunction with various drug combinations. Patients with either colon or rectal cancer are included in the study, which is being done through the research facilities of the North Shore-LIJ Health System.ADNFCR-2730-ID-19611966-ADNFCR
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