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News2014May › You read it here first#1: Sunshine helps you survive cancer › May 2014

You read it here first#1: Sunshine helps you survive cancer

For years, WDDTY has been promoting the importance of sensible sunbathing in order to get health-enhancing rays

For years, WDDTY has been promoting the importance of sensible sunbathing in order to get health-enhancing rays. Many chronic diseases are associated with a lack of vitamin D, which we get from sunshine, and this week researchers have confirmed that people deficient in the vitamin are less likely to survive cancer.

High levels of vitamin D play a significant role in determining whether we survive various cancers, including breast and colorectal cancers, and lymphoma. For every 10nmol/L increase in the body's vitamin D levels, there was a 4 per cent increased chance of cancer survival.

Researchers from the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Shanghai analysed the vitamin D levels and survival rates of 17,332 cancer patients.

Vitamin D is important for a range of bodily functions, such as the promotion of healthy bone, but it becomes especially important once someone has contracted cancer, the researchers say.

(Source: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, 2014; jc.2013-4320)


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