Women exposed to synthetic estrogen diethylstilbestrol (DES) in the womb face increased cancer risk, study finds

A large study of the daughters of women who had been given DES, the first synthetic form of estrogen, during pregnancy has found that exposure to the drug while in the womb (in utero) is associated with many reproductive problems and an increased risk of certain cancers and pre-cancerous conditions.

The results of this analysis, conducted by researchers at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of the National Institutes of Health, and collaborators across the country, were published Oct. 6, 2011, in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Women exposed to synthetic estrogen diethylstilbestrol (DES) in the womb face increased cancer risk, study finds

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