Vitamin D Could Reduce Breast Cancer Risk in African American Women

African-American women and breast cancer
Dark skin attracts less Vitamin D in cold climates

It was already established that African American (AA) women had more chances of getting cancer in the early ages and the developed tumors could be more aggressive.

Researchers have found that genetic variations in theVitamin D receptor and the enzyme, CYP24A1, which is responsible for deactivation of vitamin D, are linked to the increased chances of breast cancer in African American women. They have reported that vitamin D and CYP24A1 are significantly different in American women of African ancestry than in American women of European ancestry (EA).

They worked on nearly 1800 AA and EA women and found that AA women had serious vitamin D deficiency than EAs. The lowest level has been found in women with highest African ancestry. Most important reason of this is the change in skin pigmentation.

Researchers have found that the breast cancer risk could be reduced by adjusting the levels of CYP24A1 enzymes. Moreover, they have reported that “If these potential associations were to be consistently observed in future studies, our results would support a public health effort for vitamin D supplementation to reduce risk of aggressive breast cancer among AA women.”

This research has been published online in the Breast Cancer Research.

In this era of costly food and nutrition, some things we can get absolutely free of charge and Vitamin D are one of them. It needs further study, whether Vitamin D is the cure of all types of breast cancer or not but it has been found that Vitamin D is important for body in many ways and almost 90% of Vitamin D is made through sun exposure. So, try to meet the sun often.