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This article is from BMJ Open, volume 4.AbstractObjective: To investigate maternal and perinatal risk factors for childhood cancer. Study design: Case–control analysis of linked records from the Aberdeen Maternity and Neonatal Databank with the Scottish Cancer Registry and the General Registry of Births and Deaths in Scotland was carried out. Setting: Aberdeen, Scotland. Participants: Cases n=176 comprised children diagnosed with cancer under 15 years or recorded as having died of cancer. Four controls per case were matched by age and gender. Risk factors tested: Maternal age, body mass index, social class, marital status and smoking as well as pre-eclampsia, antepartum haemorrhage and previous miscarriage, gestational age, birth weight and Apgar scores were compared between groups to test for association with cancer. ORs with 95% CIs were calculated using conditional logistic regression in univariable and multivariable models. Results: Of the maternal characteristics tested, mothers age at delivery cases mean 28.9 SD 5.6 years vs controls mean 30.2 SD 4.6, p=0.002 and smoking status 38.6% smokers among cases, 29.7% among controls, p=0.034 were found to be different between groups. Of the perinatal factors tested, low Apgar score at 5 min adjusted OR AOR 4.59, 95% CI 1.52 to 13.87 and delivery by caesarean section AOR 1.95, 95% CI 1.30 to 2.92 showed statistically significant associations with childhood cancer in the multivariable model. Conclusions: Younger maternal age, maternal smoking, delivery by caesarean section and low Apgar score at 5 min were independently associated with increased risk of childhood cancer. These general findings should be interpreted with caution as this study did not have the power to detect any association with individual diagnostic categories of childhood cancer.



Author: Bhattacharya, Sohinee; Beasley, Marcus; Pang, Dong; Macfarlane, Gary J

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