Go figure!

After all this hype about sun burns and skin cancer, it turns out that a deficiency of Vitamin D could be helping cancer’s rates:

“In the latest study, scientists at the Moores Cancer Centre at the University of California, San Diego, estimate that 250,000 cases of colorectal cancer and 350,000 cases of breast cancer could be prevented worldwide by increasing the intake of vitamin D3.

“In the UK, such a strategy would reduce cancer cases by 30,000 a year.

“The study combined data from surveys of blood levels of vitamin D during winter from 15 countries, along with satellite measurements of sunshine and cloud cover.

“The data was then applied to 177 countries to estimate the average blood level of vitamin D among inhabitants, says a report in the journal Nutrition Reviews.

“The study showed lower levels of vitamin D are linked to higher levels of breast and colon cancers.”

Obviously doesn’t mean that you should go out and burn yourself every couple weeks to keep healthy, but it means that couch potatoes no longer are helping their causes either! Funny, how it always works out that our modern scientific paranoia takes things too far and undermines its own cause!

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Bill
    Aug 27, 2007 @ 16:25:00

    There are obvious extremes to consider. A sun burn can be the precursor to Skin cancer but a tan may not be. But you don’t need to be out in the sun to get vitamin D skip all the worry take the vitamin D pill it is just as effective. If you have a history of cancer in your family, this is a very good idea. The pill will help keep your risk of cancer lower and has very few side effects. Since the discovery of the link between cancer and vitamin D I have been taking a vitamin D suppliment every day. If it helps great if it does nothing then no harm done.

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