Vitamin D Hope in Prostate Cancer

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D is an effective treatment for prostate cancer in some patients,
a UK study suggests.

A once daily
dose reduced PSA level – an indicator of severity of disease – by
as much as half in 20% of patients.

There has been
much interest in vitamin D in prostate cancer after studies linking
risk of the disease to sunlight exposure, the researchers said.

One expert
agreed the findings were encouraging but said it needed to be tested
in a bigger population.

The trial –
results of which are due to be published in the journal BJU International
– was set up after one patient got better when his wife bought
him some vitamin D tablets.

Jonathan Waxman, said the example had prompted him to assess the
effects in a wider group of patients.

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28, 2009

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