Study Shows Tie Between Vitamin Intake and Surviving Breast Cancer

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In one of the largest studies of its kind, it was revealed that breast cancer patients who regularly consumed vitamins have a 30 percent lower mortality rate than those who didn't take supplements. According to Newsday, researchers examined findings from the Women's Health Initiative Observational Study and the Women's Health Initiative Clinical Trials to reach these conclusions. In total, 161,608 women between the ages of 50 and 79 were part of the study.

Dr. Sylvia Wassertheil-Smoller, one of the researchers, believes vitamins were serving as a protective measure for those individuals who took them regularly. However, Wassertheil-Smoller told the source that "almost all of these women took a multivitamin before they developed breast cancer. "So it's not like we're saying that once you get breast cancer, you should take multivitamins."

Another project called the Nurses Health Study showed a link between low levels of vitamin D and incidences of breast cancer. It's not confirmed whether taking supplements can decrease your chance of recurrences of the disease. But John Hopkins Medicine recommends that you ask your health care provider to check your levels of vitamin D when your blood work is tested. The organization's website also offers information on how to raise your vitamin D3 levels, including spending 20 minutes in the sunlight every day.

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