Can folic acid deficiency increase my risk for breast cancer?

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Some research has linked diets low in folate with increased risk for breast cancer. One large study found that getting enough folate (which can be found in leafy green vegetables, fruits and dried beans) reduced the risk of breast cancer in women who drink alcohol. However, there's no evidence that folic acid supplements lower cancer risk.

If you're already being treated for cancer, taking folic acid supplements may not be a good idea. There is some evidence that folic acid supplements may increase the body's levels of some chemotherapy drugs and make other cancer drugs less effective. Talk to your doctor for more information about folic acid and your own personal needs for this nutrient.

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