Vitamin D status and cancer

New insights

Gary Schwartz, Halcyon G. Skinner

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Abstract

PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The aim of this article is to describe recent developments in human studies of the role of vitamin D in the etiology and treatment of cancer. RECENT FINDINGS: Epidemiologic studies over the past year lend additional support for important roles for vitamin D in the natural history of several cancers. Studies showing risk reduction by vitamin D in prostate, colon and breast cancers were joined by new analyses of endometrial, skin, and pancreatic cancers. Interest in vitamin D has extended to examinations of its influence on premalignant conditions such as adenomatous polyps and breast density. Studies of vitamin D and cancer survival have featured prominently in the recent literature. Sun exposure and indicators of high vitamin D status were found to be associated with improved survival for cutaneous melanoma, Hodgkin's lymphoma, and cancers of the lung, breast, prostate and colon. Therapeutic trials of vitamin D are especially prominent in the treatment of prostate cancer. SUMMARY: Studies over the past year indicate potentially important roles for vitamin D in cancer prevention, survival and treatment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6-11
Number of pages6
JournalCurrent Opinion in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolic Care
Volume10
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2007

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Vitamin D
Neoplasms
Colonic Neoplasms
Prostatic Neoplasms
Breast Neoplasms
Adenomatous Polyps
Human Development
Skin Neoplasms
Solar System
Risk Reduction Behavior
Endometrial Neoplasms
Hodgkin Disease
Pancreatic Neoplasms
Epidemiologic Studies
Prostate
Melanoma
Lung Neoplasms
Skin

Keywords

  • Cancer
  • Epidemiology
  • Risk
  • Survival
  • Vitamin D

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics

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Vitamin D status and cancer : New insights. / Schwartz, Gary; Skinner, Halcyon G.

In: Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolic Care, Vol. 10, No. 1, 01.01.2007, p. 6-11.

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