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Vitamin D Blog: Do Low Levels Raise Cancer Death Rates?

Vitamin D Blog: Do Low Levels Raise Cancer Death Rates? | Melanoma Dispatch | Scoop.it

"Low levels of vitamin D were associated with higher cancer mortality in people with a history of cancer, a study found.


"Based on a meta-analysis, low 25(OH) vitamin D levels were tied to a risk ratio of 1.70 (95% CI 1.00-2.88) in cancer patients with a disease history. Inadequate vitamin D levels also were linked to an increase in all-cause mortality (RR 1.57, 95% CI 1.36-1.81) and cardiovascular mortality (RR 1.41, 95% CI 1.18-1.68), reported Ben Schöttker, PhD, of the German Cancer Research Center in Heidelberg, and colleagues in BMJ."

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Early Referral to Outpatient Palliative Care Improved End-of-Life Care

Early Referral to Outpatient Palliative Care Improved End-of-Life Care | Melanoma Dispatch | Scoop.it

"Adult patients with advanced cancer who were referred early to outpatient palliative care experienced better end-of-life care compared with patients who received inpatient palliative care, according to study results.


"David Hui, MD, MSc, of the department of palliative care and rehabilitation medicine at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, and colleagues evaluated data from 366 patients who died of advanced cancer from 2009 to 2010.


"All patients received a palliative care consultation, and 120 (33%) had an early referral, defined as longer than 3 months before death. Nearly half of the patients (n=169; 46%) first received outpatient palliative care."

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ASCO: OK to Stop Statins in Terminal Illness

ASCO: OK to Stop Statins in Terminal Illness | Melanoma Dispatch | Scoop.it

"Stopping statins for terminal patients doesn't hasten death and may improve their quality of life, a trial showed.


"The 60-day mortality rate didn't differ significantly after discontinuation of long-standing statin therapy compared with staying on it (23.8% versus 20.3%, P=0.60), Amy Abernethy, MD, PhD, of Duke University Medical Center, and colleagues found."

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Higher Healthcare Spending Associated with Fewer Cancer Deaths

The more a country’s government spends on healthcare, the lower the rate of deaths from cancer in that nation, a study in the European Union (EU) found. Higher gross domestic product (GDP), a higher percentage of GDP invested in healthcare, and more health expenditure per person per year were all linked to fewer deaths from cancer. EU member nations who score higher on these factors actually record a higher incidence of cancer, possibly because of better screening programs that detect more cases of cancer. However, in these countries, a significantly lower proportion of those diagnosed with cancer die from it.

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