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Low Levels of Vitamin D Spell Trouble for Breast Cancer Patients
Date:5/16/2008

above [a certain point], your risk of death goes up again," Goodwin said.

Although it's not a firm conclusion, Goodwin added, the finding "is raising a red flag. It's probably not safe to take very high levels and get vitamin D levels up really high."

And the findings are consistent with another study which found that men with prostate cancer who took vitamin D died earlier than those taking a placebo.

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The American Society of Clinical Oncology has more information on breast cancer.



SOURCES: Pamela Goodwin, M.D., medical oncologist, Mount Sinai Hospital, University of Toronto; May 6 teleconference with Nancy E. Davidson, M.D., director, breast cancer program, Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, Baltimore, and president, American Society of Clinical Oncology


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