Cancer Experts Debate Vitamin D, Sunlight and Risk

Cancer Research, News — By on November 9, 2008 at 1:41 pm

The association between vitamin D and cancer risk is one of the most studied, most complex and most controversial issues in nutrition science. Recently, at a major scientific conference on diet and cancer, a panel of vitamin D experts weighed in, and presented evidence that sought to provide some clarity.

The panel on vitamin D and cancer was part of the 2008 Annual Research Conference on Food, Nutrition, Physical Activity and Cancer, presented by the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) in Washington, DC.

Vitamin D is an essential nutrient, and vitamin D deficiency has been linked to chronic diseases, including some cancers. Humans acquire vitamin D in two ways – from exposure to sunlight, and from the diet. (Most of the vitamin D in American diets comes from foods that have been fortified with it, such as milk and cereal.)

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