Researchers out of Sweden are conducting a new study to look at the relationship between vitamin D and cancer in children.
In Sweden, about 300 children are newly diagnosed with cancer each year. The most common cancers among children in Sweden are leukemia and brain tumors, which together equal half of all childhood cancer diagnoses.
Vitamin D has been shown to play a role in cancer, with studies showing that vitamin D deficiency increases risk of several different kinds of cancer. Research shows that vitamin D receptors exist on cancer cells. The presence of these receptors means that vitamin D can bind to cancer cells and may be able to help tell them to die, stop growing, or stop spreading, meaning that vitamin D may be able to help prevent cancer.
Because of the prevalence of childhood cancer in Sweden and vitamin D’s potential role in fighting cancer, researchers at Uppsala University Children’s Hospital are launching a new study funded by The Children’s Cancer Foundation.
The study will look at a large group of children who all have cancer. The researchers will measure the vitamin D levels of all the children to see the prevalence of vitamin D deficiency in children with cancer.
The research team then plans to conduct a randomized controlled trial after this study, to see if the effects of vitamin D supplementation are beneficial for children with cancer.
“We know too little about how children with cancer should be treated for vitamin D deficiency and the doses required to restore normal values,” said lead researcher Dr. Britt-Marie Frost. “Hopefully, our results lead to new recommendations for vitamin supplements.”
For more information regarding this study, you can contact Dr. Frost at 018-611 58 83.