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Women With Low Levels of Vitamin D May Be at Higher-Risk for Breast Cancer

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According to a new study out of Brazil, women with low levels of Vitamin D after menopause may have a higher risk of getting breast cancer.

The medical research team at the Sao Paulo State University in Brazil analyzed data from more than 600 Brazilian women between 45-75 years old. Participants were divided into two groups: 209 women were diagnosed with breast cancer and 418 women were in the control group and cancer-free. All of the female participants were post-menopause and had stopped menstruating for at least 1 year.

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Women With Breast Cancer Have a 1 ½ Time Higher Risk Than Women Without to Experience Low Vitamin D

The researchers compared the medical information at the time of diagnosis and found that, compared to the cancer-free control group, women with breast cancer had low or very low Vitamin D blood serum as well as higher body mass index. The medical researchers from Brazil concluded that the women with breast cancer had a 1 ½ time higher risk than women without breast cancer to experience low Vitamin D.

The researchers concluded that, “Postmenopausal women had an increased risk of VitD deficiency at the time of BC diagnosis, associated with a higher rate of obesity, than women of the same age group without cancer.”

Their conclusions were similar to other studies that have discussed the potential impact and importance of Vitamin D after menopause and those women who have a higher risk of developing breast cancer. In a previous study of women in Japan[4], those women with the highest levels of Vitamin D had a much lower risk of breast cancer than those with small levels of Vitamin D.

This most recent study out of Brazil only helps to further support the Japanese research and was published in September 2018 in the Menopause Journal of the North American Menopause Society.

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