Prenatal diethylstilbestrol exposure and cancer risk in women.

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In the Diethylstilbestrol [DES] Combined Cohort Follow-up, the age- and calendar-year specific standardized incidence ratio [SIR] for clear cell adenocarcinoma [CCA] was 27.6 (95% confidence interval [CI] 7.51-70.6) for the exposed women. The SIR for breast cancer was 1.17 (95% CI 1.01-1.36) and the hazard ratio [HR] adjusted for birth year and cohort for comparison with the unexposed was 1.05 (95% CI 0.79-1.41). The SIR for pancreatic cancer was 2.43 (95% CI 1.21-4.34) and the adjusted HR for comparison with unexposed women was 7.16 (95% CI 0.84-61.5). There was little evidence of excess risk for other sites. There appeared to be a deficit in risk for endometrial cancer among the exposed (SIR 0.61; 95% CI 0.35-0.98), and an excess in the unexposed (SIR 1.55; 95% CI 0.95-2.40); the adjusted HR was 0.45 (95% CI 0.22-0.93) for the internal comparison. There was no overall excess cancer risk in exposed women compared with general population rates (1.06; 95% CI 0.95-1.17) or with unexposed participants (adjusted HR 1.03; 95% CI 0.84-1.25). These data do not support the suggestion that there is a diathesis of cancers in DES exposed female offspring The excess risk of breast and pancreatic cancers that we observed is concerning and warrants continued follow-up and mechanistic investigation. Environ. Mol. Mutagen. 60:395-403, 2019. Published 2017. This article is a US Government work and is in the public domain in the USA.

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Cited Authors

  • Troisi, R; Hatch, EE; Titus, L; Strohsnitter, W; Gail, MH; Huo, D; Adam, E; Robboy, SJ; Hyer, M; Hoover, RN; Palmer, JR

Published Date

  • June 2019

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 60 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 395 - 403

PubMed ID

  • 29124779

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1098-2280

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1002/em.22155


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States