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Vitamin D is associated with a lower risk of cancer

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 12 January 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:70
  1. David Spurgeon
  1. Quebec

    A daily dose of 1000 IU of vitamin D could reduce the incidence and mortality associated with colon, breast, prostate, and ovarian cancer, an extensive review says.

    The review searched PubMed in December 2004 for epidemiological studies looking at the association between cancer and vitamin D, sunlight, ultraviolet radiation, and latitude. The study, which was published online in the American Journal of Public Health on 27 December (, doi:10.2105/AJPH.2004.045260), found 63 observational studies, and of these 30 looked at colon cancer, 13 at breast cancer, 26 at prostate cancer, and seven at ovarian cancer. Most …

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