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February 7, 2005

Baby size linked to cancer risk

Topics: Health Issues

In a study of a possible correlation between the size at birth and the risk of breast cancer, a positive association with birth length was stronger among women whose mothers were relatively tall (median or taller, p trend = 0.001) compared to women whose mothers were relatively short (below median, p trend = 0.67) at childbearing. The results provided evidence that intrauterine factors influence future breast cancer risk. The positive association related to birth length suggested that factors that stimulate intrauterine longitudinal growth are particularly important.

Now there is research that indicates birth weight can have implications in cancer risk for breast cancer and also other cell types as well.

- BBC News
Research suggests that larger babies have a higher risk of developing certain cancers in adulthood.

UK and Swedish researchers found higher rates of digestive and lymphatic cancer among people who were big at birth.

Bigger female babies went on to have significantly higher rates of breast cancer - but much lower rates of cancer of the womb lining.

Details are published by the online edition of the International Journal of Cancer.

Posted by Hyscience at February 7, 2005 1:45 PM



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