Cancer risk in women
New resaerch conducted in Israel shows that women with a history of pre-eclampsia stand a greater risk of cancer, especially of the stomach, breast, ovary, lung, and larynx.
SThe findings published online in the 'British Medical Journal' was based on researchers comparign the incidence of cancer among 37,033 women who delivered babies in three large hospitals in West Jerusalem during 1964-76.
Although previous studies have shown either no association or have suggested a protective association between pre-eclampsia and cancer, the evidence is inconsistent.
After pre-eclampsia there was an overall excess of cancer when all sites were combined. The risk of breast cancer was significantly increased for pre-eclamptic women after taking into account differences in age and number of births prior to entry into the study.
Meanwhile, the risk of cancers of the stomach, ovary, lung or larynx also significantly increased after adjusting for age.
The authors suggest that certain environmental and genetic factors may contribute to the development of both pre-eclampsia and cancer in Middle-Eastern populations.
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