Smoking during pregnancy increases cancer risk in child – Health News Article

New research by the Cancer Institute NSW has provided the strongest indication yet that smoking during pregnancy increases a child’s likelihood of developing cancer.

Minister Assisting the Minister for Health (Cancer) Jodi McKay said this is the kind of information that all mums-to-be need to know.

Smoking during pregnancy is proven to cause:

– Lower birth weight
– Premature birth
– Admission of the baby to a neonatal intensive care unit

“Through this new research we have credible evidence that these known birth complications associated with smoking during pregnancy could also increase the risk of childhood cancers,” Ms McKay said.

The Cancer Institute linked the records of all births in NSW between 1994 and 2005 with cases of cancer in NSW children over the same period. Of the 1.05 million recorded births, there were 948 cases of childhood cancer.

Leukaemia and cancers of the nerves and central nervous system were found to be more common in babies born prematurely and in those with a lower birth weight. Cancers were also more common in b…

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