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Seasonal variations in vitamin D levels in melanoma patients: a single-centre prospective pilot comparative study.
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PMID:  21521378     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Background  More than 90% of vitamin D synthesis is dependent on UV exposure. Photosensitive disorders such as lupus erythematosus, protoporphyria and xeroderma require strict sun avoidance, and vitamin D deficiency has been demonstrated in these patients. Melanoma patients are also instructed to avoid sun exposure and may hence be expected to be vitamin D deficient. Materials and methods  Winter and summer vitamin D levels were compared in a group of melanoma patients (n = 61) and age- and phototype-matched controls (n = 53) without photosensitive disorders. Results  Oral supplementary vitamin D intake was reported in 32.7% of the melanoma patients and in 15.1% in the control group. Despite oral supplementation, only 25% of the melanoma patients and the controls presented with vitamin D levels of 30 ng/mL or higher. In non-supplemented subjects in the melanoma and control groups, respectively, mean winter vitamin D levels were below the recommended threshold at 12.6 ng/mL vs. 13.2 ng/mL, respectively, but not statistically different. These values increased significantly in both groups during the summer to 24.6 and 23.8 ng/mL respectively. Conclusion  Unexpected, significant increases in vitamin D levels were seen in melanoma patients during summer, suggesting non-adherence with photoprotective measures and reflecting a heliophilic behaviour. Vitamin D supplementation is recommended in melanoma patients during both winter and summer.
V Failla; E Cavalier; L El Hayderi; D Paurobally; Jp Chapelle; B Dezfoulian; Af Nikkels
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-4-27
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology : JEADV     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1468-3083     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Apr 
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Created Date:  2011-4-27     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  9216037     Medline TA:  J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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© 2011 The Authors. Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology © 2011 European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology.
Departments of Dermatology Clinical Chemistry, University Hospital Sart Tilman, University of Liège, Liège, Belgium.
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