Can vitamin D help prevent ovarian cancer?

Gustavo Rodriguez, MD
Gynecologic Oncology
Vitamin D is an area that doctors and researchers are very excited about. They think vitamin D has the same biologic effect in the ovary as progesterones. They think it clears genetically damaged cells from the ovarian surface.

They also have animal evidence and other environmental evidence of vitamin D to potentially be a protective agent for ovarian cancer, and it’s very safe. You can essentially take it orally and get the same benefit that you’d get if you were in the sun. And researchers think they can start applying what they have learned about vitamin D to reduce the risk of ovarian cancer in our communities.

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