03 May '11, 6am

Aggressive Breast Cancer Linked to Low Levels of Vitamin D

Breast Cancer in the News Breast cancer patients with 25-OH vitamin D deficiencies are more likely to present with aggressive tumors and poorer prognosis than women with optimal levels of vitamin D, according to a recent study from the University of Rochester Medical Center . Previous research has focused on vitamin D deficiencies and cancer risk, but this is one of the first to look at vitamin D and the progression of breast cancer. The study links low levels of vitamin D with poor scores on every major biological marker that assists doctors in assessing breast cancer outcome. In a press release, lead researcher Luke J. Peppone, Ph.D., M.P.H., research assistant professor of Radiation Oncology at the URMC James P. Wilmot Cancer Center said: “The magnitude of the findings was quite surprising. Based on these results, doctors should strongly consider monitoring vitamin D le...

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