DES daughters face heightened risks

  • Article by: MARILYNN MARCHIONE , A ssociated P ress
  • Updated: October 6, 2011 - 10:10 AM

Higher incidences of infertility and breast cancer have been found in women whose mothers took the drug.

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ericsplaneOct. 5, 11 8:53 PM

A SILENT EPIDEMIC-- This story is so undertold and so overdue. Whats important to realize about this story is how little women are willing to support each other over gynecological cancers...yet millions of women suffer from the effects of DES, and non-DES cancers...Its time to end the shame, make people understand that the women are INNOCENT victims (no, gynecological cancers are NOT an STD, especially if caused by DES), and that breast cancer is NOT the only cancer women get, you can get cancer anywhere, and women are especially vulnerable to reproductive cancers...In spite of the Pink Ribbon barrage I wish the Komen Cancer Foundation would care about ALL womens cancer health in ALL parts of their bodies....I lost my mom to DES related cervical cancer in the 90's ...even her doctors at the UofM hardly knew anything about DES, and seemed almost afraid to learn, and ashamed to be part of the profession that prescribed this dangerous DES...she learned alot, but it was too late, and she died...Rest in peace mom, I love you.

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rndmcrzykttyOct. 6, 11 7:36 AM

This is exactly why I have concerns about medication in general, we don't know the long lasting effects they will have on the human population.

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waywaysOct. 6, 11 8:39 AM

How would one know if their mom or grandma used this drug?... Thanks strib for pulling that other comment that was on here last night.

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karimnOct. 6, 11 9:53 AM

DES VOICES - Even for those of us who have known about our DES exposure for years and lived this health disaster for the past four decades, the information in this article is sobering. What other prescription drug had had this much negative impact on the lives and health of women? We need more DES voices sharing our health experiences - today and everyday - so DES exposure is never ignored or dismissed as "old" news. Thank goodness DES Action USA (www.desaction.org) always provides me with the support and health information that I need - and has never been silent.

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