Does taking vitamins reduce or increase a woman's chance of developing breast cancer? New research may have women confused about the answer to that question.
A study released in mid-April found that taking a multivitamin appeared to reduce the risk of breast cancer by about 30 percent. Calcium supplements reduced the risk by 40 percent. Those findings were presented at the yearly meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research. For more information on this study, go here.
Other findings released in early April, by a Swedish researcher, raised questions about the safety of folate or folic acid supplements, which is included in most multivitamins. Scientists say in most women folate, a type of B vitamin, reduces the risk of breast cancer, but in women with a certain genetic make-up, it raises the risk . For more information on this study, go here.
For an article that refers to both studies, go here.