Researchers at the U.S. National Cancer Institute have found no link between vitamin D concentrations in the blood and probability of prostate cancer in men. They had tracked the vitamin D concentrations in the blood of 749 men diagnosed with prostate cancer and 781 men who did not have the disease.
Jiyoung Ahn, one of the researchers, is quoted as stating, “In our study, we didn’t see any protective effect of vitamin D in relation to prostate cancer risk.” The complete results of the study were published online in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute yesterday.
The suggestion that vitamin D might have a protective and preventive effect in prostate cancer has long been discussed, but this study would appear to finally lay this theory to rest.
Note:Patients should bear in mind that although vitamin D has no specific benefit in the management or prevention of prostate cancer, it does have other specific health benefits. It is well demonstrated, for example, that vitamin D has benefits in the prevention of colorectal cancer and in the management of a range of other disorders.