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Vitamin D May Increase Chances of Surviving Breast Cancer

CBS News reports on a new study in Anticancer Research that has found that supplementing a cancer treatment regiment with vitamin D may help better a woman’s chance of surviving breast cancer. Researchers studied more than 4.400 women with breast cancer and analyzed the amount of 25-hydroxyvitamin D, a metabolite of vitamin D in their blood. They found that women with “30 nanograms per milliliter of the metabolite in their blood were twice as likely to survive breast cancer than women who had 17 nanograms per milliliter of 25-hydroxyvitamin D.” Researchers explain that vitamin D may activate a protein that blocks rapid cell division and, thus, prevent tumor growth.

Read the article published by CBS News.

Read the study in Anticancer Research.