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What are women supposed to do?

Posted by jjcannell on 25 Jun 2018 at 19:45 GMT

Wait, the scientists say. More studies are needed before we make any recommendations. Science needs to know, beyond a reasonable doubt, if high vitamin D levels prevent breast cancer. Fine, Doctor scientist, what are women supposed to do? Are they supposed to wait until you can line up your seemingly endless grant requests for the unending need for "more studies."

But, if these findings are true, it means millions of women may die a vitamin D preventable death waiting for scientists to confirm or reject the findings. That's a lot of dead women.

Sure, more studies are needed; have you ever seen a conclusion, just once in your life that said anything different?

Of note, the women who were > 60 ng/ml almost certainly got it from supplementation. So the study indirectly addresses another common caution, "we don't know if supplements will have this effect." Just as a rose is a rose is a rose, so a 25(OH)D of 60 is 60 is 60.

It seems to me this study suggests that breast cancer may simply be a public health problem.

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RE: What are women supposed to do?

mxia118 replied to jjcannell on 30 Nov 2018 at 18:58 GMT

Totally agreed!! I feel the medical community needs to take more timely action to see whether by increasing the blood Vit D level to over 40ng/ml and 60ng/ml preferably if possible, breast cancer growth can be averted or at least remain stable or progression much slowed.

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