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Vitamin D Supplements Linked to Lower Risk of Melanoma

According to a new cross-sectional study conducted by the University of Eastern Finland and Kuopio University Hospital, people who regularly take vitamin D supplements have a lower risk of developing melanoma compared to those who did not take supplements.

The study included 498 Finnish adults between 21 and 79 years old, who, according to dermatologists, appeared to be at increased risk of melanoma, as well as squamous cell carcinoma and basal cell carcinoma. All participants were divided into three groups based on their intake of vitamin D supplements: non-use, occasional use, or regular use.

Kim Margolin, M.D., FACP, advanced oncology physician, who wasn’t involved in the study, comments on the results: “Since natural vitamin D is produced by the skin in response to sunlight, reducing UV exposure to avoid cancer reduces the amount of naturally produced vitamin D in the body, potentially leading to a need for supplementation.”

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