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Marijuana use in early pregnancy increases child's risk of cancer

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 01 June 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:1292
  1. Roger Dobson
  1. Abergavenny

    Mothers who use marijuana in the first trimester may increase the risk of their child developing neuroblastoma, the second most common solid tumour found in children, a US study has found.

    The results of the case control study to investigate the role of illicit drugs in the development of the tumour show that mothers' use of any illicit or recreational drug during pregnancy was associated with an increased risk of neuroblastoma in the offspring (odds ratio 1.82 (95% confidence interval 1.1 to 3.0) (Cancer Causes and Control 2006;7:663-9). …

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