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Can Fam Physician. 2011 Aug;57(8):889-90.

Folic acid and colorectal cancer: unwarranted fears.

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Motherisk Team at Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Ont.

Abstract

QUESTION:

Some of my female patients are afraid of taking folic acid because they "fear cancer." What is the evidence for this?

ANSWER:

Theoretical evidence in experimental models is sharply contrasted by 3 recent meta-analyses of randomized and observational studies. Women planning to become pregnant should supplement with the folate dose they need to prevent neural tube defects.

PMID:
21841107
PMCID:
PMC3155439
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