• Vitamin D deficiency and link to breast cancer?

    Asked by Loafer on Friday, December 28, 2012

    Vitamin D deficiency and link to breast cancer?

    Anyone with a vitamin D deficiency and living in a northern state? Wondering what the link is to breast cancer? I live in Michigan and have not been tested yet.

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    • Momofivedcisbc's Avatar

      I also have low Vitamin D and live in Woodstock, New York, which is the North-East. I also have low iron and I am trying to replace with vitamins and through dietary changes. I am not sure about the link with breast cancer. I know that being deficient in vitamins impacts my energy. Thanks for the reminder....off to take my vitamins. The bottle says it helps to prevent breast cancer I look forward to hearing more about how they are linked. Good luck.

      almost 4 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      The link is between cancer treatment (not limited to breast cancer) and vitamin D deficiency. Most people in the US (whether they have had cancer or not) have a vitamin D deficiency that is believed to be a result of an industrialized environment and processed food. The relevance to vitamin D deficiency in cancer patients is that osteoporosis can be a side effect of chemotherapy. Vitamin D is required for the absorption of calcium. Calcium is required to maintain bone density.

      Unfortunately, there are not truth in advertising requirements for supplements. So a vitamin pill bottle can claim anything.

      almost 4 years ago
    • carm's Avatar

      Loafer, so wow this is an interesting question and probably one that is open to endless debate. There are so many variables to consider. At the onset, let me just say that the National Cancer Institute stated that any correlation between Vitamin D and breast cancer is not established. I agree with their statement. Of course, products that carry vitamin D have always been proven to be a good source of nourishment, but then it is not only in dairy products that we get this intake. Consider the sun and then think of those who have gotten cancer from too much sun exposure. You must also consider that many dairy farmers boost their milk production by feeding growth hormones to their dairy cows, which do mimic estrogen and is not beneficial to some breast or ovarian cancer patients. As a matter of fact, many protested Yoplait because of this when they first started their pink ribbon campaign that urged women to mail in their lids. At that time in 2008, they were using dairy probucts from farms that used growth hormones. They have since stopped. So you have to be careful as to where your source of vitamin D comes from. It is good for the bones and the skin and had many positive attributes. However, to date there is no correlation to suggest a definite link between breast cancer and vitamin D deficiency. If there were, could you just imagine the dairy farmers reaction throughout the midwest as their livelihood takes a hit such as that? Best of luck to you, Carm.

      almost 4 years ago
    • karen1956's Avatar

      My onc has never tested my D levels, but I see a doctor who specializes in "aging" and bio-hormone replacement therapy and tests my D levels...they ahve been low and she has me on 10K iu/day......she has never said there is any link to BC (and she is a survivor), but Vit D is good for bones and I think good for a re-currence prevention......

      almost 4 years ago
    • debsweb18's Avatar

      I was diagnosed with a vitamin D deficiency several years before BC diagnosis. I've been on a supplement since. I asked my MO to test my level several months ago to make sure I'm getting enough while not overdosing. Too much can cause problems, too.

      almost 4 years ago
    • Nomadicme's Avatar

      Much has been said about Vit D, much has been unproven. I believe BC incidence is the same across the country. Like you I've been wondering why I got BC, and I'm thinking my diet had something to do with it. All speculation of course, very frustrating.

      almost 4 years ago
    • Kossmore's Avatar

      Vitamin d helps with many medical problems. The Mayoclinic has a nice article.

      almost 4 years ago
    • ConnieB's Avatar

      I also live in Michigan ~ not sure if there is a link between Vitamin D deficiency and breast cancer. However, about a year before my diagnosis, my primary care had me start taking vitamin D because I was deficient. Now I'm wondering also.

      almost 4 years ago

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