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November 1998 Issue

Folate Reduces Risk of Colon Cancer

Folate's stock is running high. We know it protects against certain birth defects; we suspect it protects against heart disease. Now, a new study raises hopes that this B vitamin may also protect against colon cancer. Previous research suggested protection for men; the new study finds protection for women. Harvard researchers investigated the relationship between folate intake and colon cancer in almost 90,000 women, ages 30 to 55. The more folate consumed (from

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