Close X
Get more out of WDDTY.com
by joining the site for free
Free 17-point plan to great health
Twice weekly e-news bulletins
Access to our News, Forums and Blogs
Sign up for free and claim your
17-point plan to great health
Free 17-point plan to great health

Twice weekly e-news bulletins

Access to our News, Forums and Blogs
OR

If you want to read our in-depth research articles or
have our amazing magazine delivered to your home
each month, then you have to pay.


Click here if you're interested
Helping you make better health choices

In shops now or delivered to your home from only £3.50 an issue!

Subscribe!

Des daughters face cancer risk
About the author: 
WDDTY Team

Women whose mothers took the fertility drug DES may face a far greater risk of developing breast cancer

Women whose mothers took the fertility drug DES may face a far greater risk of developing breast cancer.

Although doctors were aware of the greater risks among the mothers themselves, they are now noticing cases among the daughters as well.

Specialists from the British Columbia Cancer Agency have reported two cases both daughters of DES patients, aged 28 and 34 who have breast cancer.

DES (diethylstilboestrol) was used extensively to treat possible miscarriage and infertility up until 1971 in the US, and until 1978 in Europe, when the drug was removed from the market. DES is one of the few external factors accepted as increasing the risk of breast cancer among women; the other two are alcohol and ionizing radiation. The risk among DES mothers increases by 35 per cent.

It has been recognized that DES daughters are more likely to develop cervical cancer, and suffer premature births and miscarriages, but it was thought the breast cancer risks were not passed on.

"We may now begin to see the full extent of its effects as DES daughters grow older," say the doctors in a letter to The Lancet.

!AThe Lancet, 1996; 348: 331.


You may also be interested in...

Latest Tweet

About

Since 1989, WDDTY has provided thousands of resources on how to beat asthma, arthritis, depression and many other chronic conditions.

Start by looking in our fully searchable database, active and friendly community forums and the latest health news.

Positive SSL Wildcard

Facebook Twitter

Most Popular Health Website of the Year 2014

© 2010 - 2017 WDDTY Publishing Ltd.
All Rights Reserved