Date of Paper/Work

12-2012

Type of Paper/Work

Scholarly project

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Nursing

Department

Nursing

Advisor(s)

Patricia Bikkie

Abstract

Vitamin D has been known to have anticarcinogenic properties include effects on cell proliferation and differentiation. Several studies have found a link between vitamin D deficiency and cancer mortality. This analysis was aimed at studying the association between vitamin D intake and the prevention of breast cancer. Articles were located through PubMed and Cinhal using the key terms vitamin D and breast cancer. A total of six original articles were selected with results associating vitamin D and breast cancer. Overall there was association between vitamin D intake in high amounts and decreased risk of breast cancer. However, most studies had low vitamin D intake and inconsistent findings. In conclusion, there is a slight trend towards decreased breast cancer risk and vitamin D intake. However more research needs to be conducted in the form of randomized controlled trials to develop better vitamin D dosage guidelines.

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