16 Dec '11, 2pm

Fathers who smoke raise children's leukaemia risk

Children whose fathers smoked around the time of their conception have at least a 15-per-cent higher risk of developing the most common form of childhood cancer, a type of leukaemia, according to an Australian study. Although the findings, published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, credit multiple factors in children developing acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL), the study follows others that have also found an increased risk. ALL affects about three to five children out of every 100,000. The researchers, led by Dr Elizabeth Milne at the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research in Australia, found that mothers' smoking behaviour had no impact on the children's risk of developing the cancer, but children whose fathers smoked at all around the time of their conception were 15 per cent more likely to develop leukaemia. Other environmental factors tied to a greate...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/World/Worldinbrief/EDC111216-0...

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