Research: Breast cancer can be prevented with vitamin D intake and sun exposure

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Research: Breast cancer can be prevented with vitamin D intake and sun exposure

New research by French scientists have managed to find the key to preventing breast cancer by a combination of a higher intake of vitamin D either from food or supplements and regular exposure to direct sunlight

A previous study also mentions the relationship between vitamin D deficiency in women with breast cancer risk which has been suggested the excess of vitamin D as an anti-cancer. Vitamin D can influence cell growth, differentiation of healthy cells and programmed cell death (apoptosis).

However, intake of vitamin D from food and supplements alone would not be complete without a combination of regular exposure to direct sunlight. French scientists have compared women with a place of abundant sunshine in the south of France only had half of risk than women who live in less sunny areas such as Paris. Scientists concluded that exposure to sunlight regularly have the most significant protection from developing breast cancer.

Results of a study published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention, concluded that the importance of women to get a good intake of vitamin D from sunlight exposure and diet to reduce the risk of breast cancer. It is also influenced by the ability of an individual woman to process or synthesize vitamins from food and sunlight exposure.

Currently, almost the average woman in France and America have low levels of vitamin D, especially from the least sun exposure.