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Study: Childhood cancer risk increases for children with birth defects

A study was recently done on the link between birth defects and the increased risk of childhood cancer and it was found that children born with birth defects are three times more likely to develop a childhood cancer, especially in the first year.

Researchers have stated that there is no evidence on which condition causes the other, but there is a definite link.

Researchers looked into a database of babies born in Texas between 1996 and 2005 and found that of the three million babies born during this period, 116,000 were born with birth defects including down syndrome and cleft palates. Out of all the babies born in Texas, 2,350 developed childhood cancer and out of this number 239 had birth defects.

“This research is exciting in providing clues for the genetic links of childhood cancer which can perhaps in the future lead to new and better therapies,” said Partap, of Stanford University and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital in Palo Alto, California in an interview with Fox News.

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