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Women could help protect themselves against breast cancer by boosting their intake of vitamin D, researchers said today.

An active form of the vitamin, called calcitriol, is known to be a potent anti-cancer agent. But UK women may not be getting enough because the best source of vitamin D is exposure to sunlight.

The new research shows that breast tissue contains the enzyme that activates vitamin D and generates calcitriol.

In the absence of sunshine, this defence could be boosted by increasing dietary consumption of vitamin D, say the scientists from the University of Birmingham and St George's Hospital, London.
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Mar 23, 2004
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