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Vitamin D Deficiency Ups Risk of Aggressive Breast Cancer in Blacks!

Updated on March 10, 2012
Dark skin limits the body's ability to produce Vitamin D!
Dark skin limits the body's ability to produce Vitamin D!

Black Women: Get Your Vitamin D Levels Checked!

In a recent study, it was found that there's a greater risk of Vitamin D deficiency in Black women, and this deficiency is linked to an aggressive form of breast cancer!

The reason is that darker skin blocks the absorption of the suns rays, thereby making it difficult for the body to produce Vitamin D.

Black women are much more likely to be Vitamin D deficient than Caucasian women.
Black women are much more likely to be Vitamin D deficient than Caucasian women.

Vitamin D Deficiency and Cancer in Black Women

The study was conducted by Susan Steck, PhD, MPH, University of South Carolina associate professor of epidemiology. 

Dr. Steck studied the levels of Vitamin D in Black and Caucasian women who had developed breast cancer. 

Vitamin D levels averaged about 19 nanograms per milliliter* in Black women, compared to approximately 30 ng/mL in Caucasians. Furthermore, 60% of the Black women in the study were deficient compared to only 15% of the Caucasian women. 

Additionally, the researchers found that the lowest levels of Vitamin D were associated with the greatest risk of triple-negative breast cancer, which is particularly aggressive! They also found that those with the greatest deficiencies were eight-times more likely to have this terrible cancer.    

* Vitamin D deficiency occurs when levels are lower than 20 ng/mL. 



All it takes is a simple blood test to determine Vitamin D levels!
All it takes is a simple blood test to determine Vitamin D levels!

Madam Aphrodite™ Speaks...

It's important to measure your Vitamin D levels, no matter what race you may be. However, this new study is critical for Black women.

As the researchers state, “This study corroborates other research showing racial differences in vitamin D status and provides further support for a protective role of vitamin D in breast cancer, particularly for highly aggressive disease,”

So ladies, what are you waiting for? All it takes is a simple blood test... and supplementing with an inexpensive vitamin that will give you all the D you need for maximum protection.

* The study was presented at Third AACR Conference on the Science of Cancer Heath Disparities and funded by grants from the National Cancer Institute.

CAUTION: The information included herein is for educational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan.

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