- Researches have been hypothesizing that vitamin D is associated with reduced risk of cancer. The same has been proved in various pre-clinical studies Vitamin D may decrease tumor invasiveness and the propensity to metastasize, leading to a reduced rate of death from cancer. (Feldman D, 2014) Among patients with cancer, higher 25-hydroxyvitamin D levels at diagnosis or treatment have been linked to longer survival. (Keum N, 2014)
- Observational studies suggest that vitamin D may confer greater protection against death from cancer than against the initial development of clinically evident cancer, albeit with benefits with regard to both end-points, with the strongest inverse relationships between 25-hydroxyvitamin D levels and colorectal cancer. (Bauer SR, 2013) (Mondul AM, 2017)
- To confirm the same randomized controlled trials for testing the effect of Vitamin D in cancers were performed. A trial performed to evaluate the role of vitamin D and Omega 3 trial (VITAL Trial) (Manson, 2019). A secondary analysis of the randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, 2 x 2 factorial VITAL clinical trial of daily high-dose vitamin D supplementation for 5 years was done. It suggested that supplementation with vitamin D reduced the incidence of advanced cancer in the overall study population of adults without a diagnosis of cancer at baseline, with the strongest risk reduction seen in individuals with normal weight.
- Vitamin D and breast cancer- It is believed that circulating Vitamin D has capability to prevent the proliferation of breast cells. Vitamin D is suggested to be chemo-preventive and can restrict the growth of cancerous cell. High concentrations of vitamin D have been shown to be protective against neoplastic changes induced by chemical carcinogenesis (Puente-Yagüe M, 2018). A recent publication by Breast Cancer Organization recommends the use of Vitamin D supplements for reducing the risk of breast cancer risk. (Risk of breast Cancer , 2021)
- Although studies that are more stringent are required to determine the exact dose and duration of Vitamin D for risk prevention and treatment, the data from various studies still suggest that high Vitamin D levels are associated with a better prognosis and prevention. Regular monitoring and supplementation should be encouraged in women with risk factors or established cancer diagnosis, since Vitamin D supplementation is a far less toxic and cheaper option to be explored as compared to rest of the anti-cancer therapies.
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