Low Vitamin D Increases Odds of Breast Cancer Spreading by 800 Percent

Low Vitamin D Increases Odds of Breast Cancer Spreading by 800 Percent


Low Vitamin D Increases Odds of Breast Cancer Spreading


While many factors may predispose a woman to breast cancer risk, having low vitamin D appears to facilitate cancer’s aggressive spread to other areas of the body, according to research presented this week at the American Association for Cancer Research Conference on the Science of Cancer Health Disparities.

The new research1 is an extension of earlier research showing that vitamin D levels below 20 are associated with significant breast cancer risk, whereas levels above 40 are associated with reduced risk. The average vitamin D level in women with breast cancer is 27.
In the new research, women with breast cancer whose vitamin D levels were below 20 were eight times as likely to experience the spreading of that cancer compared to women with vitamin D levels above 40. Since spreading of the disease is associated with increased risk of death from breast cancer it seems to only make sense for every woman to ensure that her vitamin D levels are at least 40.