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UNILORIN Surgeon Recommends Vitamin D Supplements as Cure for Prostate Cancer

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A Professor at the Department of Surgery, University of Ilorin (UNILORIN), Ademola Alabi has said that patients can overcome prostate cancer through intake of Vitamin D supplements.

Professor Alabi noted that arrangements were being concluded for a multi-center study in the multi-centers improving the outcome of prostate cancer cases, using Vitamin D supplements.

Prof. Alabi who disclosed this while delivering the 250th Inaugural Lecture of the university of Ilorin with the theme: “That All May Pee in Peace” explained that the study commenced in Mayo Clinic, Florida, and six other sites, including Ilorin, in Nigeria.

Prof. Alabi, designated as the National Principal Investigator in Nigeria, added that “insurance for participants and ethics approval had been obtained for the Ilorin study to commence.”

The expert who teaches in the Faculty of Clinical Sciences, College of Health Sciences of the university, pointed out that

“the study intends to look at the role of Vitamin D in prostate cancer patients’ immunity.

We will investigate and see if Vitamin D supplements can help to improve immunity and outcomes in patients with prostate cancer.”

He said that the research is under the Transatlantic Prostate Cancer Consortium (CaPTC), which has conducted landmark research on the disease.

“We guided Nigerian pathologists in the preparation of Formalin Fixed Paraffin Embedded (FFPE) prostate specimens.

This is with the outcome being that a good number of FFPE specimens from six Nigerian institutions will comply with international standards and be useable as biospecimens for various genetic studies,” he said.

He, therefore, suggested that the National Health Insurance policy should cover screening, evaluation, and treatment of prostate, cancer and related ailments affecting all ages and gender.

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