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Story last updated at 5:07 PM on Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Efforts aim at cutting risk of breast cancer

Stay Tan-Homer's Midnight Sun is participating in a North American campaign to fund efforts to educate women about natural lifestyle choices that help reduce the risk of breast cancer.

"The Natural Breast Cancer Prevention Campaign will primarily support the Breast Cancer Natural Prevention Foundation in its effort to promote proven, natural breast cancer prevention strategies. The vitamin D community has declared May to be Natural Breast Cancer Prevention Month and so businesses across North America will take part in efforts to raise funds and educate their communities about the preventative effects of vitamin D, exercise and specific dietary practices. Patrons are being asked to donate $1 to $10 to support these efforts," according to a press release.

The Breast Cancer Natural Prevention Foundation (PreventBC.org) was founded in 2012 by a group of doctors, researchers and advocates, in an effort to reframe breast cancer as a preventable, rather than a treatable, disease. The BCNPF's focus on vitamin D is based on findings of hundreds of clinical, laboratory, case-control, epidemiological and ecological studies, according to the press release, including:

• A 2011 study in Anticancer Research linking natural vitamin D levels with a 50 percent reduction in breast cancer risk.

• A 2006 paper in Anticancer Research establishing that women with higher vitamin D levels are 50-70 percent less likely to develop breast cancer.

• A 2007 study in the American Journal of Epidemiology reporting that women with high sun exposure levels — the most natural and abundant source of vitamin D — had half the risk of developing breast cancer.

• A 2007 paper in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showing that women with high vitamin D levels have up to a 77 percent reduction in overall cancer risk.

"Because vitamin D is made naturally and abundantly when skin is exposed to sunlight — and because humans today spend more time indoors and less time in the sun than at any point in history — vitamin D levels are declining and more than two out of three North American women are vitamin D deficient, unnecessarily putting millions of women at an elevated risk for breast cancer," according to the press release.

"Please visit Stay Tan this May to show your support for natural breast cancer prevention education," invite Fred and Carol Kaatz, owners of Stay Tan, located at 3726 Lake Street, Suite E. For more information on natural breast cancer prevention, visit www.PreventBC.org.