Smokes from Parents: Have a Bearing on Leukemia Risk of Children

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The time when the unborn infant is still in the womb is the most crucial time that should be taken into consideration because it is where the unborn baby is having a rapid growth and development. Both parents, the mother and the father, should be wary about the things that they are doing. Anything that can cause harm to the developing fetus must be avoided as much as possible because these external factors can have a bearing on the health and the development of the fetus which can then lead to the development of certain congenital anomalies or any health risks.

One thing that should be considered is cigarette smoking, most especially on the part of the father who is usually associated with lighting up cigarettes. This is for the reason that the smoke from the lighted cigars can be inhaled by the mother and absorbed by the fetus causing harm in the long run.

In fact, according to new Australian study, those children who have fathers who smoke during their developmental period inside the womb face about at least 15 per cent increased risk of developing a form of cancer usually observed among children known as the leukemia, specifically Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL).

The new study which was published in the in the American Journal of Epidemiology included the analysis and evaluation of data gathered from the families of about 300 children who are actually suffering from Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). Researchers asked the both parents of each family in terms of their smoking habits. The researchers also included data gathered from families of about 800 children who are not manifesting the disease.

Upon the analysis of the data, researchers found out that the smoking habits of the mother do not have any significant impact on the risk of the child in developing leukemia, however, researchers noted that the smoking habits of the fathers who are most likely smoking around during the time of carrying the pregnancy had a significant impact on the children’s risk of developing leukemia tantamount to about 15 per cent increased in the risk. In addition, researchers discovered that the children of those fathers who are lighting up about 22 cigarettes per day which is equivalent to about more than 1 pack of cigarette had about 44 per cent increased risk.

Moreover, the researchers used the findings of other researches and found out that other researches also had the same risk factors for leukemia.

 

 

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