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Multi-institute study finds folic acid may reduce some childhood cancers

  • Posted: May 21, 2012

Folic acid fortification of foods may reduce the incidence of the most common type of kidney cancer and a type of brain tumors in children, finds a new study from the University of Minnesota and Washington University in St. Louis. Incidence reductions were found for Wilms' tumor, a type of kidney cancer, and primitive neuroectodermal tumors (PNET), a type of brain cancer.

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