A possible link between prenatal exposure to famine and breast cancer: A preliminary study


  • An abstract based on this work was presented at the Third International Congress on the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease, November 2005, Toronto, Canada, and was published by R.C. Painter et al. in Pediatric Research 58:1048, 2005.


In a study of 475 women born around the 1944–1945 Dutch famine, women exposed to prenatal famine more often reported a history of breast cancer than nonexposed women (hazard ratio, 2.6; 95% confidence interval, 0.9–7.7). They also had alterations in reproductive risk factors. Prenatal famine may increase breast cancer incidence. Am. J. Hum. Biol. 18:853–856, 2006. © 2006 Wiley-Liss, Inc.