Folic Acid May Reduce Pediatric Kidney And Brain Tumors

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ST. LOUIS—Folic acid fortification of foods could potentially reduce the number of incidences of Wilm's tumor, the most common type of kidney cancer, and primitive neuroectodermal tumors (PNET), a type of brain cancer in children, A new study in the current issue of Pediatrics revealed.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has mandated since 1998 that foods are to be fortified with folic acid based on evidence of previous studies that prenatal consumption of folic acid considerably decreases the number of incidences in neural tube defects in babies.

"Our study is the largest to date to show that folic acid fortification may also lower the incidence of certain types of childhood cancer in the United States," said Kimberly J. Johnson, PhD, assistant professor at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis.

Johnson and her team assessed the incidence rate of childhood cancer pre-and post-mandated folic acid fortification.

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