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One Major Effect Vitamin D May Have in Preventing Breast Cancer, New Study Suggests

Provocative new research may further highlight the necessity for good nutrition.

One question to start October: Are you getting enough Vitamin D? The benefits from Vitamin D seem never-ending, and now a new women's health study may point to yet one more. Biology researchers in a region with an "elevated risk of breast cancer" have zeroed in on a specific link between the disease and a nutritional deficiency.

Keep reading to learn more about the possible link between breast cancer and Vitamin D. Also, read The #1 Best Juice to Drink, Says Nutritionist.

"An Ignored Contributing Factor"

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In a new issue of the peer-reviewed journal, Nutrition and Cancer, three genetics and biochemistry researchers in Pakistan have published a new study, in which they state, "Pakistani females are at elevated risk of breast cancer."

They also note that Vitamin D deficiency is "an ignored contributing factor" to the illness, "despite a strong association."

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Breast Cancer Patients vs. A Control Group

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The study included 154 women who had been diagnosed with breast cancer, and 248 selected at random for the control group.

The researchers note that out of these 402 women, 51.5% "were completely ignorant of their [Vitamin D] level." Between the women who weren't aware of their Vitamin D intake versus those who held some awareness, the researchers noted higher incidence of breast cancer among those who were entirely uncertain.

RELATED: These Foods May Increase Your Breast Cancer Risk, Says New Study

Other Key Observations…

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Upon analysis, the team discovered a couple insightful trends. They found that women ages 41 to 50 years old were most prone to a Vitamin D deficiency.

Interestingly, women in cities were 12% more likely to suffer a Vitamin D deficiency than women who lived in rural areas.

A possible explanation for this may be greater outdoor exposure to sunlight, which triggers the body to produce Vitamin D. Perhaps more importantly, the higher Vitamin D levels among rural woman might highlight the importance of having access to fresh, nutritious foods, thanks to their proximity to agriculture.

RELATED: The #1 Way to Tell If You Need More Vitamin D, Says Dietitian

A Possible Vitamin D/Breast Cancer Link

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The researchers state: "It was concluded that [Vitamin D] deficiency is a highly contributing factor for breast cancer so every female must be aware of the importance of [Vitamin D] and should maintain a sufficient level of this crucially important vitamin."

For more Vitamin D wisdom, read Simple Ways to Avoid Vitamin D Deficiency, Say Experts.

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Krissy Gasbarre
Krissy is a senior news editor at Eat This, Not That!, managing morning and weekend news related to nutrition, wellness, restaurants and groceries (with a focus on beverages), and more. Read more about Krissy