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Vitamin D levels may relate to risk of hepatocellular cancer, according to new study

Posted on: April 4, 2014   by  Jeff Nicklas

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New research published in the journal Hepatology has found that low vitamin D levels may increase the risk of hepatocellular cancer.

Hepatocellular cancer (HCC) is the most common form of liver cancer and accounts for 80% of all cancers that start in the liver. This type of liver cancer begins in the main type of liver cell, called the hepatocyte, whereas other liver cancers begin in different cells such as in the bile ducts or blood vessels lining the liver.

While research on the link between vitamin D and cancer is continuously expanding, there has been only one previous trial looking at vitamin D levels and HCC incidence. This single past study followed patients within a cohort in China and found only a small non-significant increased risk of developing HCC if you had low vitamin D levels.

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