Childhood Abuse Linked To Later-Life Cancer

June 27, 2009

Toronto (ChattahBox) – A startling study from the University of Toronto has found a specific link between those who suffer childhood physical abuse, and cancer. And not for the reasons you may expect.

According to the study, even when the three major risk factors in cancer development were removed in the control (i.e. behaviors such as smoking, stress, and socioeconomic status), those who were abused as children still had a 49% greater chance of developing the disease.

“Few talk about childhood physical abuse and cancer in the same breath. From a public health perspective, it’s extremely important that clinicians be aware of the full range of risk factors for cancer. This research provides important new knowledge about a potential childhood abuse-cancer relationship,” research lead, Esme Fuller-Thomson, was quoted by Eureka Alert.

The study will be published in the medical journal Cancer, on July 15, 2009.


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