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Higher levels most effective in reducing alcohol-associated breast cancer risk, says Edward Giovannucci, MD, Harvard School of Public Health, at NIH conference on diet and DNA methylation processes Aug. 6. Women who consume more than 15 g per day alcohol with plasma folate (PF) levels less than 4.6 ng/mL had breast cancer relative risk of 1.72, while those with PF levels greater than 14 ng/mL had relative risk of .54. Unpublished data, collected from 88,818 women in 1980 Nurses' Health Study, support results of prior study conducted on same cohort that examined folate intake rather than plasma level
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