There are essentially two types of tumor growth cancer cells. They are referred to as the undifferentiated and differentiated. Although there are well over 100 different types of cancer looking at these two will help simplify what it really is.
The undifferentiated cell is like a foetal cell in the way that it can rapidly divide. Just like a fertilized human egg, the cells begin to rapidly divide and multiply into a large mass. A fertilized human egg (the Zygote) at some point begins to take human form. Because the cells become differentiated (normal). This means the mass of cells become something else. Although all the cells are identical and came from the same place, some will differentiate into a thumb, another a toe, one a lung and so on.
A normal/healthy cell is supposed to die after so many divisions (called programmed cell death or apoptosis). A cancerous cell may have this process hindered so it continues to divide and grow resulting in a tumor.
When the DNA in a cell is damaged it can become cancerous. A cancer cell is an undifferentiated (abnormal) cell that continues to divide and grow into a mass but never becomes differentiated. When it gets big enough
Metastasis is when parts of these undifferentiated cells break off of the original tumor and then transport themselves to other parts of the body. This is accomplished by entering the newly connected blood vessel and distributing themselves through the blood system and lymph nodes.
Cancer vs Vitamin D
During the battle against cancer here has been an accumulation of research. Some focus on natural healing and prevention which show a promising indication of the prevention and even a potential treatment for some types of cancers using vitamin D.
This is said to show promise because our body’s cells naturally have vitamin D receptors (VDR’s). The studies are showing that vitamin D can actually play a role in cell proliferation (rapid division of the cells) and cell differentiation.
Vitamin D has even shown to repair DNA.
Laboratory tests confirm that vitamin D does inhibit the growth of the new blood vessels. Vitamin D experimentation on the undifferentiated (abnormal) cells have shown findings where they were switched into differentiated (normal) cells. This is a BIG DEAL!
Vitamin D Cancer Prevention Study
There are several different studies interested in a potential connection between vitamin D and the prevention of cancer.
THe first was prompted by research results that discovered there was one particular geographic area had a higher incidence of cancer related deaths when compared with the national average. They also discovered a different area that had lower rates of deaths from a variety of cancers.
One main variable that stood out was the amount of sunlight available in each area. The persons who lived in the sunny southern region had lower incidents of cancer related deaths. Because sunlight (UVB) rays is necessary for the production of vitamin D3 – vitamin D is believed to be a major reason for the differences in cancer rates.
In a different trial, that was initially designed to study the effects of vitamin D on women’s bone health, they produced an unexpected result. Not only did the women who took the vitamin D supplement show lower incidence of bone fractures, they also indicated there was a 60% lower incidence of common cancers.
Vitamin D cancer treatment
The studies into the effectiveness of vitamin D and cancer treatments continue and are producing evidence that there is a link between vitamin D and cancer prevention. Most notably for breast cancer, colon cancer, and skin cancer.
Other clinical trials (as found here) are studying the link between vitamin D cancer prevention for bladder, ovarian, rectal and prostate cancers.