This type of thing really makes me angry. These women thought they were saving their childrens lives (and there isn't enough info for me to say they didn't save some by preventing miscarriage, but from the way they say it was handed out like candy, it sounds like it wasn't only given to high risk) and now their daughters may suffer for something handed out indiscriminately.
Ughhh! Another reason to always double check what your doc prescribes. Scary, scary stuff.
|WOMEN whose mothers took a common pregnancy drug face double the normal risk of breast cancer, research has found.|
Stilbeostrol, a synthetic version of the female sex hormone oestrogen, known as DES was thought to be a 'wonder drug' and was handed out 'like smarties' between the 1940s and 70s to combat miscarriage.
Now scientists have identified it is linked to an increased breast cancer danger - and as many medical records are incomplete, many of the women and their children may not even realise they are at risk.
|DES has already been branded the 'silent thalidomide' after the morning sickness drug which handicapped thousands of babies.|
More than six million women worldwide used the drug before it was withdrawn in 1975 as its effects on unborn children became clear.
|More than six million women worldwide used the drug before it was withdrawn in 1975 as its effects on unborn children became clear.|