Lung Cancer Risk Reduced By High Vitamin B Levels In Blood

| March 31, 2015

The risk of getting lung cancer can be reduced with regular intake of Vitamin B complex, according to a research paper in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

The research suggested that quitting smoking was the best method to reduce the risk of lung cancer.

According to the World Health Organization, lung cancer kills nearly 1.3 million people globally each year and 10 to 15 percent of smokers develop lung cancer.

The study will move towards identifying the optimum vitamin B levels in blood once the association between the risk of lung cancer and vitamin B levels is confirmed, said Dr Paul Brennan, lead researcher of the study from the International Agency for Research on Cancer. He explained, “Basically, these B vitamins and nutrients are all involved in the pathway which is responsible for the creation and maintenance of DNA…So obviously you would want that pathway to work as well as possible.”

Dr Panagiota Mitrou, of the WCRF, said, “These findings are really exciting as they are important for understanding the process of lung cancer and could have implications for prevention…But while this is an important study, it is vital that we get the message across to smokers that increLung Cancer Risk Reduced By High Vitamin B Levels In Bloodasing intake of B-vitamins is not – and never will be – a substitute for stopping smoking.”

Dr Joanna Owens, of Cancer Research UK also said, “Although this study suggests a link between vitamin B levels in the blood and reduced risk of lung cancer, this doesn’t prove that vitamin B can directly protect against the disease…Vitamin B levels might be higher in people who eat a healthy diet, and this in itself can help reduce the risk of cancer.” “The most important way to prevent lung cancer is to stop smoking. No amount of vitamins can counteract the risks posed by smoking,” she concluded.

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