New D*action Breast Cancer Prevention Society Announced at ACN Annual Conference

Clearwater, FLVitamin D: Its Role in Cancer Prevention and Treatment was presented by Cedric Garland, Dr. PH, F.A.C.E., of the University of California San Diego. He indicated that both new and ongoing research suggests that a vitamin D serum level of approximately 60 ng/ml (150 nmol/L) may be preventive in breast cancer. This level is at the upper range of the recommend 40-60 ng/ml and is considered safe. The new data stem from 2 randomized trials done by Dr. Joan Lappe of Creighton University and from a large prospective cohort from GrassrootsHealth, which included a total of 5,038 women.  The latter study shows a very clear 80% decrease in breast cancer incidence when serum 25-hydroxy vitamin D levels increase from 20 ng/ml to 60 ng/ml.

As one of the world's most published researchers on cancer and vitamin D, Dr. Garland has maintained for many years that “breast cancer is a vitamin D deficiency disease”. According to Dr. Garland, this new analysis supports the vitamin D-cancer link and should encourage individuals and healthcare providers to take action.

As a result of these findings, the new D*action Breast Cancer Prevention Society was formed by GrassrootsHealth, a 501c3 Public Health Organization dedicated to moving the demonstrated science about nutrients into practice. This new organization will explicitly address the need for vitamin D testing for all women as well as public outreach regarding the role of vitamin D in cancer prevention.  The first major outreach of this new Society will be to create community groups to participate with the GrassrootsHealth myData-myAnswers personalized health program. This program allows all participants to see their own test results and health conditions and also provides an analysis for the individual compared to large population data.

According to Carole Baggerly, Director of GrassrootsHealth and breast cancer survivor, the research report and the health program are the answer to a dream—“to take control of my health with substantial scientific information to help with decision making.”

For more information, visit or call directly to GrassrootsHealth at 760-579-8141.

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