More than 31,000 women are diagnosed per year with breast cancer in Ireland. Scientists claim that vitamin D supplements intake in people increase cancer survival rate by 20% as compared to those who do not.
Researchers from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RSCI) conducted a study involving 5,500 women with breast cancer, aging from 50 to 80, between the years 2000-2011. It observed what medicines these patients acquired from pharmacies. The study demonstrates that Vitamin D supplements can be useful for breast cancer patients. Clinical trials of this notion are underway worldwide.
The research has made an appearance in Breast Cancer Research and Treatment. The head of the research, Robert O’Conner, contends that further analysis is required to assert the effects of vitamin D on breast cancer prevention. O’Conner further highlights that each woman’s breast cancer is unique and they should seek a doctor’s advice before any intake of vitamin D supplements.
The research also found that vitamin D intake was higher in young women who were not much likely to smoke and exhibited lower stage of tumor and its progression, as compared to those who did not use Vitamin D. Most of the breast cancers are diagnosed among 50-64 aged women, however, 23% of women under the age of 50 are diagnosed as well.
National Cancer Registry reveals lifetime long exposure to estrogen or any factor affecting this as a key underlying factor in increasing breast cancer risk. Other factors like alcohol consumption and body fat are also present, although they can be modified.
Now, survival rates have been increasing with 81% women expected to live for five years after diagnosis as compared to 72% about two decades ago. Further clinical investigation into the effects of Vitamin D could come with better results!