Breast cancer and folic acid

File this under, I don’t know what is good for me and what’s gonna give me cancer.  I don’t know how those of us with daughters and breast cancer at a young age should discuss this. Hopefully we’ll know more by the time I have to worry about this. Are any of you in this situation? How are you dealing with it?

Folate & Breast Cancer

Nutrition Action Health Letter

May 6, 2008

Women who consume more folate, a B vitamin, may have a higher risk of breast cancer.

Researchers analyzed blood samples taken from more than 1,700 U.S. women when they entered the Women’s Health Study in 1993. Ten years later, those with the highest blood folate levels had about a 70 percent higher risk of breast tumors that respond to estrogen or progesterone than those with the lowest folate levels.

However, the trend wasn’t clear cutthat is, each increase in blood levels wasn’t linked to an increase in risk.


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