Researchers of the Leeds Institute of Molecular Medicine (United Kingdom) have observed that in the patients with skin cancer that have high levels of vitamin D, lesions caused by melanoma are thinner and have less severity, so they have a lower rate of relapse of the disease.
Researchers came to this conclusion after conducting a study, involving 872 people who had melanoma, and in which they found the association between their levels of vitamin D and the severity of their injuries and the likelihood of suffering any relapse.
The research showed that vitamin D deficiency is directly related to the onset of heart disease, lower bone density and poor state of general health.
Dr. Julia A. Newton-Bishop, one of the authors of the study, explains that the shortage of vitamin D favors the development of melanoma-specific tumors, which is the most aggressive type of skin cancer and with the highest mortality rate.
Most skin cancers occur in people of fair skin and advanced age, appearing in the parts of the body most exposed to sunlight such as: face, neck, hands and arms. People with weakened immune systems are also more susceptible to it.