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Insufficient Vitamin D Levels Linked to Cancer Progression and Death

Researchers have found that chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) patients with insufficient vitamin D levels suffer much worse cancer progression and a higher likelihood of death. Their leukemia progressed much faster, and they were about twice as likely to die as were patients with adequate levels of vitamin D.

They also found that increasing vitamin D levels matched longer survival times and decreasing levels matched shortening intervals between diagnosis and cancer progression.

According to Eurekalert:

“The finding is significant in a number of ways. For the first time, it potentially offers patients with this typically slower growing form of leukemia a way to slow progression ... This research adds to the growing body of evidence that vitamin D deficiency is a risk factor for development and/or progression of a number of cancers”.

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