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Is melanoma a vitamin d deficiency cancer?

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Dr. Scott Bolhack
Wound care
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Melanoma

There is no direct association of vitamin d and melanoma.

In brief: Melanoma

There is no direct association of vitamin d and melanoma.
Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Dr. Robert Lang
There is no proof that there is no association and the evidence suggests that there is. Remember, there has never been a study to 'prove' that smoking causes lung cancer, emphysema, etc. That is what the cigarette companies touted to the government for years.
Dr. Robert Lang
Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence. It appears to be more than 'just no', there are associations with vitamin D and melanoma that are important. look at https://www.melanoma.org/find-support/patient-community/mpip-melanoma-patients-information-page/medical-proof-vitamin-d-kills-cancer-cells and https://www.vitamindcouncil.org/tag/melanoma/#
Dr. Brendan Stack Jr.
Surgery - Head & Neck

In brief: Melanoma

No. If anything, people at greatest risk for melanoma, those with high exposures to sunlight or UV light, have normal levels of vitamin D.
Vitamin D deficiency has been reported as a risk factor for some cancers but the data is inconsistent.

In brief: Melanoma

No. If anything, people at greatest risk for melanoma, those with high exposures to sunlight or UV light, have normal levels of vitamin D.
Vitamin D deficiency has been reported as a risk factor for some cancers but the data is inconsistent.
Dr. Brendan Stack Jr.
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Dr. Travis Kidner
Surgery - Oncology

In brief: Unclear

There has been data on both sides of the fence on this issue.
Unfortunately i believe that it is not directly linked to this deficiency.

In brief: Unclear

There has been data on both sides of the fence on this issue.
Unfortunately i believe that it is not directly linked to this deficiency.
Dr. Travis Kidner
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Dr. Robert Lang
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology

In brief: Maybe

In the women's health initiative, 400 iu of vit.
D did not decrease melanoma except in those who had a history of nonmelanoma skin cancer, a high risk group for melanoma. Many people who have taken larger doses of vit. D (2000-5000 iu) have found that they burn little or not at all in the sun. The pigment that tans us reduces penetration of uv and helps repair dna damage from uv that causes cancer.

In brief: Maybe

In the women's health initiative, 400 iu of vit.
D did not decrease melanoma except in those who had a history of nonmelanoma skin cancer, a high risk group for melanoma. Many people who have taken larger doses of vit. D (2000-5000 iu) have found that they burn little or not at all in the sun. The pigment that tans us reduces penetration of uv and helps repair dna damage from uv that causes cancer.
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