Folic Acid Food Fortification May Lower Risk of Rare Cancers

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Folic Acid Food Fortification May Lower Risk of Rare Cancers

The rates ofِ three rare childhood cancers haveِ dropped sinceِ the U.S.
began toِ fortify someِ foods withِ folic acid, a newِ study says.
The rate ofِ Wilms’ tumors, whichِ develop inِ the kidneys, dropped fromِ 18.4 yearly cases perِ 1 million children toِ 14.8 yearly cases perِ 1 million children, theِ study showed, afterِ folic acid fortification ofِ grain foods began inِ 1996.

Folic acid is also called vitamin B9.

The study isِ published online today (May 21) inِ the journal Pediatrics.
The research wasِ funded byِ the National Institutes ofِ Health.
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