Vitamin D Reduces Cancer Risk?

Posted on September 17, 2006  Comments (1)

Vitamin D ‘slashes cancer risk’, BBC News:

US scientists found taking the tablets cut the risk of a disease, which has a poor prognosis in almost half of cases.

pancreas tissue – both normal and cancerous – has been found to contain high levels of an enzyme that converts vitamin D into its active form.

Taking the US Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) of vitamin D (400 IU/day) was found to reduce the risk of pancreatic cancer by 43%.

They said further work was necessary to determine if consuming vitamin D in the diet, or through sun exposure might have even more of an effect than taking supplements.

Do you ever wonder that we don’t seem to get rid of cancer yet we have lots of stories about cures (or methods to reduce risk…). Read: Another Paper Questions Scientific Paper Accuracy which includes links to: “Why Medical Studies Are Often Wrong” and “Contradicted and Initially Stronger Effects in Highly Cited Clinical Research.” Just a reminder that you can’t rely on headlines (the truth is usually much less clear). Plus, of course, the difficulty of turning research findings into practical solutions means there are often long delays before widespread results can be enjoyed by society.

One Response to “Vitamin D Reduces Cancer Risk?”

  1. Dan
    November 2nd, 2009 @ 12:12 am

    I’m with you a 100% on the fact that a lot of studies can have data that can be interpreted incorrectly.

    Vitamin D is one of those few things, however, where pretty much everyone agrees on the fact that having it “right” is important (get tested).

    Vitamin D may also be important in preventing a number of other neurocognitive diseases such as schizophrenia, autism, and alzheimer’s.

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