Sunshine could be key to stopping prostate cancer growing, a study has found.
Scientists found Vitamin D, which is produced when the skin is exposed to sunlight, boosted a gene which can block a chemical known to encourage tumour growth.
Vitamin D increases the effectiveness of the gene GDF-15, which researchers at the University of Colorado, in Denver, found suppressed inflammation in cancerous prostate tissue.
Inflammation is a driving factor behind the growth of tumours in several cancers including prostate, gastric and colon.
The study used a sophisticated computer algorithm to analyse samples of prostate cells and compare the prevalence of the GDF-15 protein and inflammatory cells.
The research, published in the journal Prostate, found the GDF-15 gene blocked NFkB – a protein complex which triggers inflammation and promotes the formation and growth of tumours.
source: Daily mail