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Vitamin D deficiency linked to cancer

June 20, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
There's been a lot of news about Vitamin D lately -- a lack of Vitamin D has been associated with a higher risk of diabetes and heart attacks. Now, Vitamin D deficiency is being linked to another disease -- colon cancer.It's known as the "sunshine vitamin" because our skin gets Vitamin D from the sun. Now, researchers say there is growing evidence that low Vitamin D levels affect the chance of surviving colon cancer. In the study, colon cancer patients with high Vitamin D levels were almost 50 percent less likely to die from the disease.

Doctors don't know whether Vitamin D is directly related to survival, or if it's just an overall sign of a person's health.

 

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