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Clin J Oncol Nurs. 2011 Oct;15(5):557-60. doi: 10.1188/11.CJON.557-560.

The relationship between vitamin D and cancer.

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Capital Medical Center, Olympia, WA, USA. denisem@gwmail.gwu.edu

Abstract

Vitamin D, a fat-soluble vitamin naturally present in very few foods, is synthesized when ultraviolet rays from sunlight contact the skin. Research suggests that vitamin D insufficiency may result from lack of exposure to sunlight and ultraviolet-B radiation. Individuals from geographic areas of high latitude and low sunlight exposure may be at increased risk for vitamin D deficiency. Emerging evidence supports the protective role of vitamin D in the prevention of several cancers, including breast, colon, and prostate.

PMID:
21951742
DOI:
10.1188/11.CJON.557-560
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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