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IH Kunkler
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Volume 36: Issue 1: 2006




Folic  acid  plays  a  key  role  in  cell  synthesis  and  repair. Dietary supplementation  with  folate  before  conception  reduces  the  risk  of  neural  tube defects  such  as  anencephaly  and  spina  bifida. Most of  the  published  literature suggests that plasma folate levels are inversely associated with the risk of breast cancer. The mechanisms by which folate deficiency contributes to carcinogesis are unclear.  On balance most of the scientific evidence suggest that folic acid has a protective role against the development of breast cancer.