Age of father is a risk factor for kid’s blood cancers

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Age of father is a risk factor for kid’s blood cancers

Posted: 05/13/2015 05:29 PM IST
Age of father is a risk factor for kid’s blood cancers

The study appeared in the American Journal of Epidemiology has linked father's age at the birth of his child is a risk factor to develop blood and immune system cancers as an adult, particularly for single kids.

Nowadays lots of parents are delaying having children. The researchers took this factor as the main criteria and studied this by linking to diseases associated with it. For the present study, the researchers analysed data from women and men enrolled in the American Cancer Society Cancer Prevention Study-II Nutrition Cohort.

Among 138,003 participants, there were 2,532 cases of hematologic cancers identified between 1992 and 2009. The researchers found a strong, positive association with paternal age among participants without siblings. In that group, those whose fathers were aged 35 years or older at the time of their birth were at 63 percent higher risk of hematologic malignancies compared to those whose fathers were younger than 25.

"The lifetime risk of these cancers is fairly low - about one in 20 men. Still, the study does highlight the need for more research to confirm these findings and to clarify the biologic underpinning for this association," said lead author Lauren Teras from American Cancer Society.

Blood cancer, is the fourth most common type of cancer found in the United States. The study points to the need for further research to better understand the association between paternal age at birth and hematologic malignancies.
By Lizitha

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