If you’re at high risk for getting breast cancer, which includes a family history and obesity, there’s one vitamin you must start taking today. You probably already know that it will reduce your risk of getting the disease. But if you do contract breast cancer, it will greatly slow its progression and increase your chances of survival.
Researchers just found that women who are low in vitamin D tend to have more aggressive breast cancer tumors. And they’re far more likely to suffer a recurrence.
The researchers presented the information on Friday, April 29 at the annual meeting of the American Society of Breast Surgeons. It also will appear in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.
In this study, they followed 155 women. All of these women underwent surgery for breast cancer sometime between January 2009 and September 2010. The researchers monitored blood vitamin D levels for all the patients for one year prior to surgery and one year after surgery. They found a clear association between vitamin D levels and how fast the tumor progresses.
As scary as these results are, they pale in comparison to another finding in the same study.
These researchers also found that low vitamin D levels affect every major biological marker doctors use to determine a patient’s prognosis. In other words, the lower your vitamin D levels are when you get breast cancer, the more likely you are to die of the disease. And you’re more likely to die quicker than those who have higher levels of vitamin D.
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Those at the highest risk for a poor prognosis were those with vitamin D levels of less than 32 milligrams per milliliter of blood.
So if you’re at high risk for breast cancer, you must take vitamin D. Actually, almost all of us need to take plenty of vitamin D, as most people are low. Just don’t listen to conventional medicine to determine how much you need. Most people need to take at least 5,000 IU daily.
Ask your doctor to give you a baseline vitamin D blood test. If you’re low, start taking at least 5,000 IU of vitamin D a day. This dose is perfectly safe for most people.
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Steve Kroening is the editor of Nutrient Insider, a twice-a-week email newsletter that brings you the latest healing breakthroughs from the world of nutrition and dietary supplements. For over 20 years, Steve has worked hand-in-hand with some of the nation's top doctors, including Drs. Robert Rowen, Frank Shallenberger, Nan Fuchs, William Campbell Douglass, and best-selling author James Balch. Steve is the author of the book Practical Guide to Home Remedies. As a health journalist, Steve's articles have appeared in countless magazines, blogs, and websites.
Laurie Kirstein, M.D., breast surgeon, Beth Israel Medical Center, New York City; Sharon M. Rosenbaum Smith, M.D., breast cancer surgeon, Comprehensive Breast Center, St. Luke's-Roosevelt Medical Center, New York City; University of Rochester Medical Center, news release, April 29, 2011.