• Vitamin D Hope in Prostate Cancer

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    Vitamin
    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.

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

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    April
    28, 2009

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