Seeing as cancer has been trying to overtake heart disease as the number one national killer, even succeeding in 22 states, medical experts have been working around the clock in an attempt to come up with ways to stop the disease from killing so much. So far, it hasn’t been working all that well.
Since cancer is actually a whole bunch of disease, each affecting the body in different ways, you can’t really “find the cure for cancer”. So, a few medical teams decided to work a different angle. Instead of trying to look for cures, the team is instead looking for what causes cancer in the first place.
Noticing a relationship between aggressive forms of prostate cancer and the lack of vitamin D, the team of researchers from the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine decided to perform a study in order find the association and hopefully learn more about the fatal disease.
By using a smaller sample from a larger study in the Chicago area examining the link between prostate cancer and vitamin D, the scientists looked at a total of 190 men out of the original sample of 1,760. The average age of the participants was 64, and they had all underwent a prostatectomy sometime between 2009 and 2014.
Out of the 190 subjects, 87 of them had suffered from aggressive prostate cancer. Confirming the researchers’ theories, they also had levels of vitamin D far lower than the recommended average of more than 30 nanograms per milliliter. Instead, the participants suffering from the aggressive form of cancer had somewhere around 22.7 nanograms per milliliter. Now, the researchers knew that vitamin D deficiency is linked to aggressive prostate cancer.
Having their theory confirmed, the team went on to explain why knowing this was so important. According to them, this is a very significant indicator that vitamin D deficiency can be used as a prediction tool for determining cases of aggressive prostate cancer.
Even further, vitamin D may even be a biomarker for the levels of aggressiveness of prostate cancer. It was already known that vitamin D could predict bone health, as well as the aggressiveness of other diseases, so now that we know that it also predicts how aggressive prostate cancer is, men will know how important it is to replenish their vitamin D levels.
Lack of vitamin is particularly an issue in this day and age. With so many people working office jobs, with the need for overtimes raising, and with the fluctuating economy, many people can’t really afford spending time at the beach or buying supplements to bring their vitamin D levels back to normal.
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