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Breast cancer survivors should take vitamin D – Mar 2010


Breast cancer survivors and vitamin D: a review.

Nutrition. 2010 Mar;26(3):255-62. Epub 2009 Dec 8.
Hines SL, Jorn HK, Thompson KM, Larson JM.
Division of Consultative and Diagnostic Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, Florida, USA. hines.stephanie at mayo.edu

Recent evidence has suggested a role for vitamin D in breast cancer prevention and survival. Studies have reported an inverse relation between vitamin D intake and the risk of breast cancer, improvements in survival after a diagnosis of breast cancer in women with higher levels of vitamin D, and vitamin D insufficiency in up to 75% of women with breast cancer. Preclinical data have indicated that vitamin D affects up to 200 genes that influence cellular proliferation, apoptosis, angiogenesis, terminal differentiation of normal and cancer cells, and macrophage function. Vitamin D receptors have been found in up to 80% of breast cancers, and vitamin D receptor polymorphisms have been associated with differences in survival. Although ongoing studies have investigated a possible link between adequate levels of vitamin D and improved cancer prognosis, breast cancer survivors may derive additional, non-cancer-related benefits from adequate vitamin D levels, including improvements in bone mineral density, quality of life, and mood. Maintaining adequate vitamin D stores is recommended for breast cancer survivors throughout their lifetime. PMID: 20004077