British Journal of Nutrition

Full Papers

Folate and colo-rectal cancer risk

Peter Sandersona1, Elaine Stonea1 c1, Young-In Kima2, John C. Mathersa3, Ellen Kampmana4, C. Stephen Downesa5, Kenneth R. Muira6 and John A. Barona7

a1 Nutrition Division, Food Standards Agency, London WC2 6NH, UK

a2 Division of Gastroenterology, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada

a3 Human Nutrition Research Centre, University of Newcastle, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK

a4 Division of Human Nutrition, Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands

a5 School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Ulster, Coleraine, UK

a6 Division of Epidemiology and Public Health, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK

a7 Biostatistics & Epidemiology Evergreen Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, USA


The UK Food Standards Agency convened a group of expert scientists to review current research investigating folate and colo-rectal cancer risk. The workshop aimed to examine current research and establish research priorities. The timing of folate exposure with respect to carcinogenesis, as well as the dose and form of folate, were considered key issues for future research. Also, the need to study further the influence of genetically defined subgroups was highlighted for future research.

(Received May 10 2007)

(Revised May 14 2007)

(Accepted May 18 2007)


c1 Corresponding author: Dr Elaine Stone, fax 020 7276 8996, email