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Increases in testicular cancer may be linked to the rise in maternal body weight

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.331.7513.368-d (Published 11 August 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:368
  1. Roger Dobson
  1. Abergavenny

    A new epidemiological study has found that incidence of testicular cancer followed changes in maternal weight before, during, and after the second world war and may therefore be linked to maternal body weight.

    During the war, when energy intake and weight went down, so too did the incidence of testicular cancer, according to the results of the research in the International Journal of Cancer (2005;116:327-30).

    “Our results further support the notion that testicular cancer is an example of a civilisation disease associated with a Westernised lifestyle with increase in obesity, obesity associated cancer forms, and diabetes type 2,” say the authors, from the Cancer Registry of Norway, Oslo University College, and Rikshospitalet University Hospital.

    Since the 1950s, the incidence …

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