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Best Cancer Vitamin, Vitamin D Miracle For Melanoma & Bowel Cancer

Updated on December 18, 2013

What is the best cancer vitamin?  Well, vitamin D has been identified as a bit of a miracle of melanoma and bowel cancer.  If you want to know the evidence, please read on!

Vitamin D is starting to get a reputation. Many people are considering this as a miracle vitamin.

Research has looked into how levels of vitamin D, taken from either or both sunlight or oily fish sources, effect cancer patients and their treatment.

It is good to have a little sun and a lot of fish in the context of a healthy mediterranean diet and now there is some evidence that focus on this.

This is good news for sufferers of malignant melanoma (skin cancer) and bowel cancer!

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This article focuses on research, the effects of vitamin D and how vitamin D sources can reduce the risks of cancer.

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Vitamin D Miracle: The Sunshine Glows Within

Courtesy: AisMax
Courtesy: AisMax

Vitamin D - Sunshine & Oily Fish Extends The Lives Of Patients with Melanoma & Bowel Cancer

Vitamin D, the sunshine and oily fish vitamin, has been cited to extend the lives and survival of patients with melanoma and bowel cancer. It is wonderful to be able to write some good news about cancer and it seems that a little sun and a lot of fish can do more for you than first thought. However, you must still remember the risks associated with unprotected sun to the skin. These risks are still valid. What are the risks with UV and skin cancer from the sunlight? Click references for more information.

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Professor Julia Newton-Bishop Courtesy of Leeds University
Professor Julia Newton-Bishop Courtesy of Leeds University

Vitamin D Miracle Reduces Risk Of Melanoma Return

Professor Julia Newton-Bishop and her team from the Leeds Institute of Molecular Medicine, St James's University Hospital, Leeds set out to test their hypothesis that higher levels of vitamin D reduce risks of the return of melanoma. They analysed 872 patients who were diagnosed with melanoma and watched how they progressed through their treatment. The patients who had higher levels of vitamin D were less likely to have the disease reoccur. Those that had low levels were more likely to have a re-occurrence of melanoma. This is very good news for those who enjoy a Mediterranean diet, high in oily fish! Scroll at the bottom of the article for source (reference 1).

I have included an information picture on melanoma for you to look at. This is to help people identify and learn as to what to look out for with this disease. It is important to seek medical advice as soon as possible should you show signs of this form of skin cancer. I have included a link from the NHS website on 'Symptoms of Malignant Melanoma' for you to click on. Scroll at the bottom of the article for source (reference 2). In the meantime, please take a look at the following picture so as you can keep this within your subconscious for retrieval should you need it. It isn't pleasant, but is necessary.

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Melanoma Examples

Courtesy of Health Psychology
Courtesy of Health Psychology
Courtesy The Dana Faber Cancer Institute
Courtesy The Dana Faber Cancer Institute
Couresy of The Dana Faber Cancer Institute
Couresy of The Dana Faber Cancer Institute

Vitamin D: Research Evidence For Bowel Cancer

So what about people who develop bowel cancer? What are the implications for them? The Dana Faber Cancer Institute, based in the U.S.A., took 1,017 patients diagnosed with bowel cancer and asked them to complete a questionnaire on sun exposure, diet and supplements. Although, the aim of the study was not specific to vitamin D, they found a link here too. From this information, the Researchers managed to ascertain vitamin D levels in their blood by the patient’s responses. Again, they found that those with higher levels of this vitamin D were less likely to die from bowel cancer than those with lower levels. As a result of this study, it has now instigated further research. Scroll at the bottom of the article for source (reference 3).

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Vitamin D In Moderation

These investigations are very encouraging and provide hope to many of us as an addition to treatment. However, before people embark on additional sun, vitamin D supplements and an excessive intake of oily fish, it is worth noting that too much of this vitamin can cause you harm. Take vitamin D in moderation. I have provided a link for you to click on as regards to recommended intake levels of vitamin D. Scroll at the bottom of the article for source (reference 4)

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Bowel Cancer: It's Your Bum, Look After It! Bowel Cancer: The Number 2 Cancer Killer!

Courtesy of BBC News
Courtesy of BBC News

Fish is a good source of Vitamin D

Courtesy of the BBC
Courtesy of the BBC

Fish Oils In Tablet Form

Vitamin D Taken In Excess Has Side Effects

As with anything that you are unsure about, it is always best to check with a health care professional, specialist in the field for which is appropriate to your needs. For example, if you have been diagnosed with bowel cancer or melanoma, speak to your oncologist for more information.

All supplements and medication has to be assessed so as it doesn’t conflict with treatment. Extra vitamin D in any format should be questioned for your well-being. Vitamin D taken in excess, for example, can increase calcium levels in the blood. This can result in nausea, thirst, excessive urination, vomiting, dizziness and headaches. Scroll at the bottom of the article for source (reference 5) then further scroll down to ‘Are There Any Side-Effects From Vitamin D Supplements?’

Although a blood test can identify whether there are excessive calcium levels in the blood, it is better to consult a Doctor and check first than result in problems based on a couple of research articles.

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Sources of Vitamin D and Cancer Studies

Source: Journal Of Clinical Oncology

Source: cancer research UK

Source: ‘Prospective study of predictors of vitamin D status and survival in patients with colorectal cancer

© This work is covered under Creative Commons License

Vitamin D Miracle Hits Bowel Cancer & Melanoma

However it is, initially, looking good for vitamin D, bowel cancer and melanoma. As I have suspected a good healthy Mediterranean diet seems to be the most appropriate diet to keep us fit. I have always believed in moderation in everything, including sunlight, and it seems fitting that sources of vitamin D can be so good for us.

Shazwellyn Copyrighted

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The author assumes no responsibility as a result of this article. Should you be in doubt, or you need clarification, please seek the advice of an appropriate Medical Practitioner. This article has been written with the intention of providing an informed choice and is evidence based.



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    • shazwellyn profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Great Britain

      Tiza7 - That is interesting. Great tip and up there with garlic and echichacia. Thanks :)

    • Tiza7 profile image


      10 years ago from Texas

      Great article about Vitamin D. My husband and I started taking it last year when we found out that it can protect you against the flu. Last year we didn't get one cold or the flu. So very thankful because we had the flu the year before, and it was bad. Neither one of us like to take flu shots.

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      Peg Cole 

      10 years ago from North Dallas, Texas

      Important information here. Well written and illustrated.

    • shazwellyn profile imageAUTHOR


      11 years ago from Great Britain

      It is always a warm welcome to hear a comment from you Maita. Thank you my friend, I am glad you found it useful:)

    • prettydarkhorse profile image


      11 years ago from US

      thumbs up again! Maita

    • shazwellyn profile imageAUTHOR


      11 years ago from Great Britain

      MPG - Im glad this is helpful to you. Lets hope the message will get out to everyone! Wishing you well:)

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      Maria Giunta 

      11 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Fantastic hub as usual Shaz! We are very aware of sun damage in Australia and we know just how bad sun damage can be. However, sensible people get just enough vitamin D from the sun and supplement this with fish oil tablets or eating oily fish. Thanks for all the great info.

    • shazwellyn profile imageAUTHOR


      11 years ago from Great Britain

      Money Glitch - I am delighted that you liked it and it has helped changed a little something in your life. Thanks for commenting :)

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      Money Glitch 

      11 years ago from Texas

      Wow, I did not know that Vitamin D help to fight against colon cancer. That's great to know. Within the last year since there has been so much talk about Vitamin D,I've added it to my vitamin regimen. Thanks for sharing your insight. Thumbs up! :)

    • shazwellyn profile imageAUTHOR


      11 years ago from Great Britain

      Thanks Hyno... good to share the looove! As always, you are a welcome contributor, my friend x

    • hypnodude profile image


      11 years ago from Italy

      Very, very interesting. I've found a lot of good information here, and some of them I didn't know. Very well done shaz, rated obviously up. :)

    • shazwellyn profile imageAUTHOR


      11 years ago from Great Britain

      jayjay 40 thank you for reading ... I know cats dont suffer with vit d deficiency - they eat plenty of fish. :)

    • shazwellyn profile imageAUTHOR


      11 years ago from Great Britain

      Thanks Rafini... Good you dropped by :)

    • shazwellyn profile imageAUTHOR


      11 years ago from Great Britain

      Pamela... What was the trigger for the blood test? Did you not feel very well? :)

    • jayjay40 profile image


      11 years ago from Bristol England

      Well done, an easy to read hub with good information

    • Rafini profile image


      11 years ago from Somewhere I can't get away from

      Good information to share. :)

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      11 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Shaze, I had a blood test a couple of years ago and was low on Vitamin D, so I've been taking it ever since. Great hub.

    • shazwellyn profile imageAUTHOR


      11 years ago from Great Britain

      Thanks Ann, let us hope that the pictures might help a few people to identify problems should they occur. Thanks for passing by:)

    • shazwellyn profile imageAUTHOR


      11 years ago from Great Britain

      Thanks Green Lotus. It was a hard deliberation as to whether to include the melanoma pictures and explanation but thought that, someone, somewhere might have something similiar and identify a potential hazard. The thoughts of someone realising that they have it, might save a life. Education is the key here.

      Thanks for reading:)

    • shazwellyn profile imageAUTHOR


      11 years ago from Great Britain

      Pryan4u.. Thank you. Lets live life in moderation and love the sun and be thankful for the fish x

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      Ann Nonymous 

      11 years ago from Virginia

      Hi Shaz! Okay so I admit I had to scroll quickly over the graphic pics but other than that minor but very needed detail it was a great hub. Never underestimate the power of D, huh? Good job!!!!

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      11 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Always a thumbs up Shaz. I've been reading more and more about the merits of Vitamin D (including taking in a bit of sunshine) but you've outlined some new reasons to make sure one doesn't get D- deficient. I believe it becomes more prevalent in older adults. Thanks!..but the photos (except for the lovely bum) were difficult..i'm a sissy. :(

    • prayn4u profile image


      11 years ago

      I love your article...very informative and true!!! I learned about the importance of Vitamin D about a year ago and have been taking it ever since. Thank you for sharing this to us all! God Bless!!!


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