Some structural birth defects linked to increased odds of childhood cancer

08/18/2013 | U.S. News & World Report

Babies born with certain structural birth defects that were not caused by chromosomal abnormalities had a twofold increased risk of developing cancer, including neuroblastoma, retinoblastoma and hepatoblastoma, before age 15 than those without defects, a study showed. However, the overall odds of getting cancer among children with non-chromosomal birth defects, such as cleft palate and eye defects, remained relatively low, researchers wrote in the journal PLoS One.

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