[Video] Vitamin D May Reduce Cancer Deaths by as Much as 75%
Maintaining a serum vitamin D level of between 40 and 60 ng/ml could possibly prevent up to 75 percent of breast cancer and colon cancer deaths. So says Dr Cedric Garland from the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine. This is exciting news for two reasons.
A new Computer model called DINOMIT suggests that approximately 50,000 cases a year of breast cancer could be eliminated in the United States and Canada. The same could be said for cancer of the colon. This is exciting because these are two difficult diseases to prevent. We think we could reduce the number of cancer deaths by 75 percent. The “D” in DINOMIT stands for vitamin D.
By screening at the earlier stage, it has a chance to be caught long before a tumor is formed. It is a more rational approach to screening and will detect cancers earlier. Now, we are facing mostly untreatable cancers.
See interview of Dr. Garland from the University of California, San Diego:
What are the implications for current practice?
Assessing levels of vitamin D to determine the level of vitamin D in their blood, if it can be maintained within the range indicated above, then we will be able to eliminate a significant number of these two types of cancer and achieve a 75 percent overall reduction in mortality.
What does this mean for you?
The first step is to ask your doctor for a vitamin D blood test. If this doesn’t work, seek out and take the blood test yourself. A consortium of scientists and doctors have worked out that the optimum serum blood level of vitamin D is between the values mentioned above. This is the effective range for the prevention of these cancers. This can be accomplished by using vitamin D dietary supplements or by spending more time in the sun.
Garland C et al, “Does the evidence for an inverse relationship between serum vitamin D status and breast cancer risk satisfy the Hill criteria?.” Dermato-endocrinology. 2012.