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Vitamin D levels may have a role in cancer prognosis, study shows

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g4050 (Published 18 June 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g4050
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1The BMJ

People with very low levels of vitamin D seem to have a higher risk of death from all causes, a study in The BMJ has found1—including cardiovascular disease, and cancer if they have a history of cancer.

The group of international researchers said that vitamin D could play an important role in cancer prognosis, but they added that the results of randomised controlled trials into the impact of vitamin D supplementation on mortality were needed before doctors could recommend vitamin D supplements for people with vitamin D insufficiency.

To investigate the prognostic association of vitamin D levels on mortality, the …

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