Cancer risk 50 years on

PUBLISHED : Monday, 04 January, 1993, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 04 January, 1993, 12:00am

LONDON: Hundreds of women in Britain are at risk of cancer or infertility because of a drug their mothers took in pregnancy up to 50 years ago, the Sunday Times newspaper reported.

At least 7,500 expectant mothers were prescribed diethylstylboestrol between the early 1940s and 1973 because it was falsely believed to prevent miscarriage and premature birth. Now it has been proved to increase greatly the risk of a rare form of genital cancer in the daughters of women who took it.