Pancreatic cancerTreatment

There are no human trials of treating pancreatic cancer (PC) with vitamin D.

However, laboratory evidence suggests that it would be beneficial12.

There is evidence that higher serum 25(OH)D levels increase survival rates after diagnosis of PC.

African-Americans have a higher incidence rate for PC and an unexplained 42% increased risk of PC mortality rates than white Americans, and neither differences in smoking or obesity rates explained this disparity3. It was suggested that lower serum 25(OH)D levels for African-Americans compared to white Americans explains much of this difference4. It is not known why African-Americans have lower PC incidence rates.

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