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Title: Smoking in pregnancy and risk of cancer among young children: A population-based study.

Authors: Heck, Julia E; Contreras, Zuelma A; Park, Andrew S; Davidson, Tom B; Cockburn, Myles; Ritz, Beate

Published In Int J Cancer, (2016 08 01)

Abstract: Smoking during pregnancy is a plausible risk factor for childhood cancer, yet previous studies have yielded conflicting results, and few prospective studies have been published. Data on maternal smoking were obtained from California birth certificates. We linked California birth certificates (births 2007-2011) with California Cancer Registry records for childhood cancer cases (diagnosed January 2007-September 2013) that were ages 5 or younger at diagnosis (N cases = 2,021). Controls (N = 40,356) were frequency-matched by birth year and randomly selected from birth certificate records. We used unconditional logistic regression to obtain odds ratios (OR) and 95% confidence intervals (CI) to assess the association between smoking during pregnancy and childhood cancer. We observed positive associations for gliomas (OR = 1.8, 95% CI: 1.0-3.4) and retinoblastoma (OR = 3.0, 95% CI: 1.4-6.6), particularly bilateral retinoblastoma (OR = 9.4, 95% CI 3.6-24.7) with maternal smoking in pregnancy. Maternal smoking during pregnancy may be a risk factor for retinoblastoma and certain types of childhood brain tumors.

PubMed ID: 27016137 Exiting the NIEHS site

MeSH Terms: California/epidemiology; Child; Female; Humans; Male; Maternal Exposure*; Neoplasms/diagnosis; Neoplasms/epidemiology*; Neoplasms/etiology*; Odds Ratio; Population Surveillance; Pregnancy; Prenatal Exposure Delayed Effects*; Prevalence; Registries; Risk; Smoking/adverse effects*

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