Possible Link Between Vitamin D Levels and Skin Cancer Risk, Study Says

A new study that links higher vitamin D levels to a higher risk of skin cancer simply emphasizes what doctors have been saying all along: Don’t forget the sunscreen. Scientists  studied more than 3,200 white participants of a health maintenance organization who were at high risk of developing nonmelanoma skin cancer. These participants had osteoporosis, a condition in which the bones to become weak and brittle, or worried about possibly being diagnosed with it.

After looking at the patients’ levels of vitamin D, which is crucial for good bone health, and their medical histories, the team found that people with higher levels of the vitamin appeared to have a higher risk of developing the two types of nonmelanoma cancer: basal cell, the most common and rarely fatal, and squamous cell. Read more…

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