Lung cancer survival linked to vitamin D and sunshine

April 20, 2005 in Nutrition Topics in the News, Vitamins, Minerals, Supplements

Lung cancer survival linked to vitamin D and sunshine

Recent study findings suggest plenty of sunshine and vitamin D may help people with early stage lung cancer have a better survival rate after surgery..

Study participants who had high levels of vitamin D and had surgery in sunny months were more than twice as likely to be alive five years after surgery compared to patients with low levels of vitamin D who had surgery in the winter, the researchers said.

Exposure to sunshine is a significant source of vitamin D, which also comes from food and dietary supplements.

According to the findings of the study, the survival advantage at five years was 72 percent versus 29 percent, with the highest level of intake (of vitamin D) versus the lowest level of intake.

The link between vitamin D and surgery outcome is not known but other studies have hinted that it may work to inhibit a variety of cancers, the researchers said. Researchers conclude that vitamin D is anti-proliferative, meaning it inhibits the proliferation of abnormal cells. There is also evidence to suggest vitamin D inhibits the spread of tumors.

If this research is validated it may mean that taking vitamin D or fortified nutritional supplements soon after a diagnosis and before surgery could be beneficial.

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