As per the new study, vitamin D is capable to reduce cancer risk as well as breast cancer mortality, especially in women with a lower body mass index.
Worldwide, breast cancer is the most common cancer in women. It is already examined that onset of puberty, late menopause, later age at first pregnancy, never having been pregnant, obesity, and a family history have been associated with breast cancer.
It has always been debated about the role of Vitamin D concentration in the development of breast cancer.
However, new study found that postmenopausal women had an increased risk of vitamin D deficiency at the time of their breast cancer diagnoses, associated with higher rates of obesity than women of the same age group without cancer.
The study explains that women with highest quartile of vitamin D concentrations had a 50% lower death rate from breast cancer than those in the lower quartile. This suggests that vitamin D levels should be restored to a normal range in all women with breast cancer.
Dr. JoAnn Pinkerton, Executive director of North American Menopause Society (NAMS) said, “Although published literature is inconsistent about the benefits of vitamin D levels and breast cancer, this study and others suggest that higher levels of vitamin D in the body are associated with lowered breast cancer risk.”
He added, “Vitamin D may play a role in controlling breast cancer cells or stopping them from growing. Vitamin D comes from direct sunlight exposure, vitamin D3 supplements, or foods rich in vitamin D.”
Menopause: The Journal of the North American Menopause Society published this finding.