Monday, October 19, 2009

Vitamin D May Improve Melanoma Survival HealthDay

HealthDay Vitamin D May Improve Melanoma Survival

Vitamin D May Improve Melanoma Survival
But levels are too low in many Americans, researchers say

By Randy Dotinga
HealthDay Reporter

SATURDAY, Sept. 26 (HealthDay News) -- Higher levels of vitamin D are linked to less severe, less deadly melanoma lesions in people with skin cancer, new research suggests.

The findings provide more support for the idea that vitamin D is crucial to skin health. Many Americans, however, don't get enough of it, perhaps because they limit sun exposure and drink less milk than in the past.

"Although avoiding sunburn is very important in order to prevent melanoma, it is also important to avoid becoming deficient in vitamin D," said Dr. Julia A. Newton-Bishop, a dermatology professor at the University of Leeds in England and a study co-author. "This is especially important for melanoma patients in whom low vitamin D levels appear to be harmful."

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