A study looked at many previous studies to see whether taking folate supplements affect breast cancer risk. The researchers concluded that folate does NOT have a role in breast cancer risk.
If you're considering taking vitamins or other dietary supplements, it's important to distinguish between the recommended daily dose and doses higher than that. Taking the daily recommended amount of folate is important for overall health and is especially important for pregnant women. Normal folate levels reduce the risk of birth defects of the brain and spine. But like most vitamins and supplements, taking more than the recommended dose of folate can cause side effects. It's also important to know that no dietary supplement treats or cures cancer.
It's always a good idea to talk to your doctor about your needs for vitamins and other supplements. Together, you can decide what's best for YOU. Visit our pages on Supplements in the Nutrition section to learn more.