Taking a multivitamin that includes folic acid (a B vitamin) every day can virtually eliminate the increased cancer risk for women who have a parent or sibling with colon cancer. According to Charles Fuchs, MD, of Harvard?s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, women with a family history of colon cancer face double the risk of developing the disease, but this increased risk can be largely negated by taking more than 400 mcg of folic acid per day (Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention, March 2002). Folic acid is so important to everyone?s health that in 1998, the Dietary Reference Intake was raised to 400 mcg, and the government began requiring that flour be fortified with folic acid.
The Oncology Care Pharmacist in Health-System Pharmacy
According to the National Cancer Institute, almost 40% of men and women will be given a diagnosis of some form of cancer in their lifetime.
News from the year's biggest meetings
Clinical features with downloadable PDFs