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Vitamin D supplement helps women with breast cancer survive
We already knew that exercise significantly improves the prospects of women with breast cancer. Researchers at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland stumbled upon another non-toxic strategy that can protect breast cancer patients from their disease: vitamin D supplementation.
The women did not use vitamin D supplements at the time of diagnosis, but some of them started doing so afterward. The researchers compared their chances of survival to those of women who did not use vitamin D.
The sooner the women started supplementation after their diagnosis, the better their chances of survival. In the women who started supplementation within six months of their diagnosis, the survival rate was 49 percent higher compared to non-users.
"Our results strongly support investment in well-designed and sufficiently powered randomized controlled trials to fully evaluate the associations of vitamin D use with improved survival among patients with breast cancer before vitamin D supplementation can be considered routine adjuvant therapy."