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Vitamin D link to cancer

People who have more vitamin D in their blood are less likely to develop bowel cancer.

A new study revealed that those with the highest levels of the vitamin had a 40pc lower risk of developing the disease, compared with those with the lowest levels.

Scientists looked at vitamin D quantities in 1,248 people with bowel cancer, in the largest ever study of the subject.

Concern

The research was carried out by the International Agency for Research on Cancer in Lyon, France, and Imperial College London, and was funded by the World Cancer Research Fund.

It comes after medical experts expressed concern yesterday about the rising number of cases of rickets -- caused by vitamin D deficiency -- and called for it to be added to milk and other food products.

Researchers said although the study provides evidence of a link between vitamin D and bowel cancer, it does not prove that taking vitamin D supplements prevents the disease.

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