Medical and Scientific: Cancer passed from mother to baby

11 Jan 2021 - Medical and Scientific

Doctors in Japan have discovered that mothers can pass cancer to their babies during labour through fluid inhaled as they give their first cries. A team led by doctors at the National Cancer Centre in Tokyo found two cases in which cervical cancer in a mother had caused lung cancer in babies who had swallowed cells in amniotic fluid as they were being born. The doctors say that such cases, although rare, reinforce the importance of vaccination against the human papillomavirus, or HPV, which can cause cervical cancer.

Courier Mail; 09/01/2021; Page 35