Vitamin D and variations in how women metabolize it, could play a role in Marin County's high breast cancer rate, suggests recent research. Kathie Dalessandri, a surgeon and research in Pt. Reyes Station, published a report this month in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons linking breast cancer to a genetic variant in vitamin D receptors.
Post-menopausal women with this receptor variant, Dalessandri says, could be especially affected by low vitamin D levels.
Dalessandri is eager to see her results replicated in larger studies. Locally she's anticipating the Marin Women's Study. A breast cancer research study involving more than 14,000 Marin County women.
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