Why Low Vitamin D May Be Killing Black Men

May 2, 2014 4:36 PM

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According to the American Cancer Society, black men are 60% more likely than white men to be diagnosed with prostate cancer during their lifetime, and are more than twice as likely to die from the disease. Black men are also diagnosed at a younger age (about 3 years younger on average) and are more likely to have “high grade” tumors – the kind of tumors that grow rapidly, spread to other parts of the body, and often cause death.

Per new research, not only are low levels of vitamin D linked to more aggressive and advanced cases of prostate cancer in men, black men with low vitamin D levels were more likely than those with normal levels to test positive for cancer after a prostate biopsy.

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