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Featuring Demian Dressler, DVM and Sue Ettinger, DVM, Dip. ACVIM (Oncology), authors of The Dog Cancer Survival Guide

Vitamin D and Sunlight

Updated: November 22nd, 2017

There were many studies, articles and books Dr. Dressler and Dr. Ettinger used when writing The Dog Cancer Survival Guide. Here is a list of the most important references about Vitamin D and Sunlight.

Please note that in vivo and clinical use citations were included whenever possible. We have also included links to the papers, where available. Most of the papers are found on the National Institute of Health’s online library, PubMed.

Ecologic studies of solar UV-B radiation and cancer mortality rates. Grant WB. Recent Results Cancer Res. 2003;164:371-7. Review.

Ecological studies of ultraviolet B, vitamin D and cancer since 2000. Grant WB, Mohr SB. Ann Epidemiol. 2009 Jul;19(7):446-54. Epub 2009 Mar 9. Review.

Current impediments to acceptance of the ultraviolet-B-vitamin D-cancer hypothesis. Grant WB, Boucher BJ. Anticancer Res. 2009 Sep;29(9):3597-604. Review.

How strong is the evidence that solar ultraviolet B and vitamin D reduce the risk of cancer?: An examination using Hill’s criteria for causality. Grant WB. Dermatoendocrinol. 2009 Jan;1(1):17-24.

Lower vitamin-D production from solar ultraviolet-B irradiance may explain some differences in cancer survival rates. Grant WB. J Natl Med Assoc. 2006 Mar;98(3):357-64.

The association of solar ultraviolet B (UVB) with reducing risk of cancer: multifactorial ecologic analysis of geographic variation in age-adjusted cancer mortality rates. Grant WB and Garland CF. Anticancer Res. 2006 Jul-Aug;26(4A):2687-99.

Sunlight, vitamin D, and ovarian cancer mortality rates in US women. Lefkowitz ES and Garland CF. Int J Epidemiol. 1994 Dec;23(6):1133-6.

Sunlight-skin cancer association in the dog: a report of three cases. Madewell BR, Conroy JD, Hodgkins EM. J Cutan Pathol. 1981 Dec;8(6):434-43.

Canine conjunctival hemangioma and hemangiosarcoma: a retrospective evaluation of 108 cases (1989-2004). Pirie CG, et al. Vet Ophthalmol. 2006 Jul-Aug;9(4):215-26.

The role of vitamin D in cancer prevention. Garland CF, et al. Am J Public Health. 2006 Feb;96(2):252-61.

Vitamin D and intervention trials in prostate cancer: from theory to therapy. Schwartz GG. Ann Epidemiol. 2009 Feb;19(2):96-102. Epub 2008 Jul 10.

Commonly recommended daily intake of vitamin D is not sufficient if sunlight exposure is limited. Glerup H, et al. J Intern Med. 2000 Feb;247(2):260-8.

Impact of oral vitamin D supplementation on serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D levels in oncology. Vashi, PG,  et al. Nutr J. 2010; 9: 60.

Estimates of beneficial and harmful sun exposure times during the year for major Australian population centres. Samanek AJ, Croager EJ, Gies P, Milne E, Prince R, McMichael AJ, Lucas RM, Slevin T; Skin Cancer Prevention. Med J Aust. 2006 Apr 3;184(7):338-41.

UK Food Standards Agency Workshop Report: an investigation of the relative contributions of diet and sunlight to vitamin D status. Ashwell M, Stone EM, Stolte H, Cashman KD, Macdonald H, Lanham-New S, Hiom S, Webb A, Fraser D. Br J Nutr. 2010 Aug;104(4):603-11.

Low vitamin D status: definition, prevalence, consequences, and correction. Binkley N, Ramamurthy R, Krueger D. Endocrinol Metab Clin North Am. 2010 Jun;39(2):287-301

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