FOLATE & PANCREATIC CANCER

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Foods rich in the B vitamin folate may lower the risk of pancreatic cancer.

Researchers tracked more than 80,000 healthy women and men in the Swedish Mammography Cohort and the Cohort of Swedish Men for seven years. The risk of pancreatic cancer was 75 percent lower in people who got the most folate (at least 350 micrograms a day) from foods than in those who got the least (less than 200 mcg a day).

Folate from supplements was not linked to the risk of pancreatic cancer.

What to do: Now you've got one more reason to eat folate-rich foods like fruits, vegetables, and beans.

J. Nat. Cancer Inst. 98: 407, 2006.

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