Does vitamin D reduce the chances of having bowel cancer?

Medically known as colorectal cancer or colon cancer, is a type of cancer that affects the larger bowel and rectum. The growth of it is very slow. Its takes a period of 10 years to grow and then it starts to spread and affect the other parts of the body. This is the second most common cancer in Europe. Around 447,000 cases of bowel cancer were seen in the year 2012.

Recent study has shown that people who suffer from bowel cancer, if consume vitamin D, then they are more likely to survive the cancer. The study was confirmed after researching about 1600 patients who had a bowel cancer surgery. The study showed that the patients who had a good level of vitamin D have half the risk of dying of this diseases than those who just had a minimal amount of vitamin D. The study is the first to correlate the long-term survival prospects of bowel cancer patients after diagnosis with total blood levels of vitamin D. The research team tested the blood samples of the patients after surgery. They found out that patients who had a good amount of vitamin D, in stage two cancer, the tumor was not seeing much spread. And 2/3rd of the patients with low vitamin D did not survive beyond 5 years.

Vitamin D is also known as the sunshine vitamin. Vitamin D is made in the body when the skin is exposed to sunlight. Also consumption of certain food like fish liver oil, eggs and other fishes like salmon, herring and mackerel. Vitamin D is known to boost the activity of calcium in the body and therefore, forming the bone function.

Some studies have also stated that in case there is low of vitamin D in a person, it is likely that he maybe at a risk of having chronic diseases. So doctors advice patients with bowel cancer to have a good level of vitamin D.

The research team is now planning on trying out for a clinical trial to test whether taking vitamin D tablets in combination with chemotherapy can improve bowel cancer survival rates.