Daily dose of Vitamin D could help Reduce Chances of Bowel Cancer

Published By : 10 Jul 2014 | Published By : QYRESEARCH

In a new research, scientists have found that individuals with higher levels of vitamin D in their blood are more likely to survive bowel cancer.

Researchers from the Edinburgh University, United Kingdom, have revealed that the chances of surviving cases of bowel cancer are higher in patients with higher levels of vitamin D than the ones with lower levels of the vitamin.

This is a first of its kind study that correlates the blood levels of vitamin D in patients with bowel cancer after their diagnosis - including the levels of the vitamin attained due to exposure to sunlight and that gained from dietary sources.

The team studied blood samples from 1,600 bowel cancer patients after they underwent surgeries for the cancer.

Based on the result of the research, the scientists noted that the greatest benefit of higher vitamin D level was seen in patients with stage 2 cancer - a stage where the tumor is sufficiently large but not spread in the body yet.

Researchers found that nearly one third from the group studied survived for five years after their surgeries. These were the ones who had high vitamin D levels. The remaining one third patients with lower vitamin D levels did not survive long after the surgeries.

The experiment clearly suggests that higher levels of vitamin D are associated with a better chance of cancer survival.

But the researchers also note that though the results of this experiment are promising, this is indeed a observational study and that carefully designed clinical trials shall be needed to start any such treatment in real. 
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