Association Between Vitamin D and Risk of Colorectal Cancer: A Systematic Review of Prospective Studies

The Sixth People's Hospital affiliated with Shanghai Jiao Tong University, 600 Yishan Rd, Shanghai 200233, People's Republic of China.
Journal of Clinical Oncology (Impact Factor: 18.43). 08/2011; 29(28):3775-82. DOI: 10.1200/JCO.2011.35.7566
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ABSTRACT To conduct a systematic review of prospective studies assessing the association of vitamin D intake or blood levels of 25-hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH)D] with the risk of colorectal cancer using meta-analysis.
Relevant studies were identified by a search of MEDLINE and EMBASE databases before October 2010 with no restrictions. We included prospective studies that reported relative risk (RR) estimates with 95% CIs for the association between vitamin D intake or blood 25(OH)D levels and the risk of colorectal, colon, or rectal cancer. Approximately 1,000,000 participants from several countries were included in this analysis.
Nine studies on vitamin D intake and nine studies on blood 25(OH)D levels were included in the meta-analysis. The pooled RRs of colorectal cancer for the highest versus lowest categories of vitamin D intake and blood 25(OH)D levels were 0.88 (95% CI, 0.80 to 0.96) and 0.67 (95% CI, 0.54 to 0.80), respectively. There was no heterogeneity among studies of vitamin D intake (P = .19) or among studies of blood 25(OH)D levels (P = .96). A 10 ng/mL increment in blood 25(OH)D level conferred an RR of 0.74 (95% CI, 0.63 to 0.89).
Vitamin D intake and blood 25(OH)D levels were inversely associated with the risk of colorectal cancer in this meta-analysis.

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    • "Reduced serum levels of 25(OH)D have been reported correlated with several detrimental health effects [5] [6] [7] [8], including worst prognosis of some cancers [9] [10]. A meta-analysis of 35 independent case-control and cohort studies investigating the association of serum 25(OH)D levels with cancer showed a consistent inverse relationship between circulating 25(OH)D levels and colorectal cancer risk [11]; no similar conclusions could however be drawn for other cancer sites. "
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    • "However, results were rather inconsistent both within and across various forms of cancer. Evidence for an inverse association of serum 25(OH)D concentration with cancer is the most consistent for breast cancer (Chen et al., 2013), colorectal cancer (Gandini et al., 2011; Lee et al., 2011; Ma et al., 2011; Touvier et al., 2011; Yin et al., 2009a), colorectal adenoma (Wei et al., 2008; Yin et al., 2011b), uncertain for ovarian cancer (Yin et al., 2011a), and absent for prostate cancer (Yin et al., 2009b). For other forms of cancer, only single or very few studies have been published to date, some of which even point to a possibly increased cancer risk at very high Fig. 1. "
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