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Vitamin D, Sunlight, and Breast Cancer (2010)


Vitamin D, Sunlight, and Breast Cancer

Key words:

cancer prevention, ultraviolet radiation

Research Institution:

Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute




Ervin Epstein

Project Description:

Some studies have suggested that the likelihood of developing and dying of breast, colon, and prostate cancer is higher in Northern than in Southern parts of the United States, which is possibly due to the cancer-protective effect of vitamin D. In this animal study, Dr. Epstein is determining the effects of vitamin D produced from sunlight versus vitamin D consumed in the diet on breast cancer, which could translate to protection against other cancers.

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