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Low Vitamin D Levels May Lead to Cancer

Update Date: Jun 17, 2014 08:54 PM EDT

Not getting enough sun may lead to cancer, according to a new study.

Researchers found that not having enough sun may increase the risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease.

The latest study involved 26,018 patients. Study data revealed that during the study there were 6,695 deaths, of which 2,624 were from cardiovascular diseases and 2,227 from cancer.

Researchers said that the latest findings reveal the importance of vitamin D and its relation to the prognosis of cancer.

Researchers said that while they  "cannot exclude reverse causality, that is, that the cancer might have led to low vitamin D levels," according to a news release.

The study also revealed a dose-response relationship, even after accounting for participants with a history of heart disease and cancer.

Researchers said that the findings revealed that having enough vitamin D should be of "high public health relevance".

Researchers said that the latest study have linked the lowest levels of vitamin D "with increased all-cause mortality, cardiovascular mortality, and cancer mortality (in subjects with a history of cancer)."

Researchers said the findings held true even after accounting for countries, sexes, age groups, and time of the year when blood tests were done and that "variation by geographic region, sex and season might need to be taken into account."

The findings were published in the journal BMJ-British Medical Journal.

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