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Low vitamin D levels could raise risk of breast cancer

Researchers at the University of South Carolina recently conducted a study that suggests that women with a vitamin D deficiency have a much higher risk of developing breast cancer, according to

The scientists found that lower vitamin D levels correlated significantly with the occurrence of triple-negative breast cancer, the most aggressive and invasive form of the disease. Researchers used a sample size of 107 breast cancer patients all with varying vitamin D levels. The results found that triple-negative breast cancer was eight times more common in women who had lower levels of vitamin D.

The results also speak to the higher prevalence of triple-negative cancers in black and Hispanic women.

"We know that darker skin pigmentation acts somewhat as a block to producing vitamin D when exposed to sunlight, which is the primary source of vitamin D in most people," researcher Susan Steck to the news source.

The research is a rallying cry for the health benefits of vitamin D and the role it can play in preventing dangerous diseases.

At this time, there are over 2.5 million breast cancer survivors living in the United States, according to the American Cancer Society.
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