DES Breast Cancer Case moving forward

DES-breast cancer case can move forward, judge rules in Boston

Doctors need to know to give adequate care and ask the right questions to assess breast cancer risk in their patients; being a DES daughter is a big one,” said Caitlin McCarthy, a DES educator and activist who isn’t involved in the lawsuit.

Read DES-breast cancer case can move forward, judge rules in Boston,
Boston Globe 01.20.2012.

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Did not know you like Beer

An annual DES specific pelvic examination is required

Why men are not allowed to take messages A little humor to brighten up your day!

Also a great opportunity to remind us that routine Pap testing is not adequate for DES exposed individuals.

An annual DES specific pelvic examination is required. But “doctors know best” right?

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Pregnant Women Beware

“Don’t worry, be happy” slogan could harm your baby

“Don’t worry, be happy” slogan could harm your baby DRUG BUST by Alan CasselsA “Must Read” article!

Drugs such as thalidomide or DES (diethylstilbestrol) were given to pregnant women with disastrous consequences and so downplaying those examples by claiming that we do things differently today seems a key strategy for drug companies

says Alan Cassels a drug policy researcher at the University of Victoria.

Read “Don’t worry, be happy” slogan could harm your baby – DRUG BUSTPregnant Women Beware ” by Alan Cassels.

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Pregnancy Drug raises Cancer Concerns

Pregnancy Drug Diethylstilbestrol Raises Cancer Concerns

Pregnancy Drug Diethylstilbestrol Raises Cancer ConcernsIt makes me mad too that so few people have heard of DES! and so angry when people who should know like doctors and gynecologists don’t have a clue and make you feel as if it is all in your head !!!

Read ” Pregnancy Drug Diethylstilbestrol Raises Cancer Concerns ”
by Charles Benson

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DES Daughters, the Book

Embodied Knowledge and the Transformation of Women’s Health Politics

In DES Daughters, Susan Bell recounts the experiences of this generation of DES-victims. In moving, heartfelt narratives, she presents the voices of those women who developed cancer, those who were cancer-free but have concerns about becoming pregnant, and those who suffered other medical and/or reproductive difficulties.

What Bowdoin Books says

image of DES Daughters, the BookSusan Bell‘s book tells a story about women who attained legendary status in the annals of medicine. They were exposed prenatally to what was promoted as a benign and exciting new wonder drug prescribed to millions of American women to prevent miscarriage from the 1940s to the 1970s. This new reproductive technology—the synthetic estrogen DES— proved to be ineffective in preventing miscarriage, and in the long run it has had profound and damaging consequences for children, especially daughters of the women for whom it was prescribed (Dieckmann et al. 1953; Giusti, Iwamoto, and Hatch 1995). In 1971, medical scientists observed an association between prenatal exposure to DES and a rare form of vaginal cancer (clear cell adenocarcinoma) in women under age twenty; using available medical categories, they identified this synthetic estrogen as the first “transplacental carcinogen” (Herbst, Ulfelder, and Poskanzer 1971). “DES Daughters”, as these women are now called, are also at risk for poor reproductive outcomes, including ectopic pregnancy, miscarriage, premature birth, and stillbirth (Giusti, Iwamoto, and Hatch 1995). Almost forty years later, DES-related cancer remains rare, but reproductive tract problems—including menstrual irregularities, poor reproductive outcomes, and structural or cellular anomalies—are common among DES Daughters. ” Sources: Bowdoin Books

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BPA Exposure

Pregnancy imageExposure to artificial estrogens such as BPA and DES can change the way the fetus responds to estrogen later in life and may be associated with breast cancer” says Dr. Hugh Taylor, director of the Yale Center for Reproductive Biology.

Read ” Pregnant? Here’s more to worry about

DES, Drug of the Past?

Risks for DES exposed daughters compared to non-exposed
Is DES a drug of the past?

Not really, check out the chart highlighting today’s increased health risks…

Read Women exposed to Diethylstilbestrol in the Womb face increased Cancer Risk from the NIH/National Cancer Institute,
October 6, 2011

‘Cancer Risk’ of Miscarriage Drug… a 2006 Study

Women who were exposed to DES must ensure they have regular breast checks, and be careful about using hormone replacement therapie

Daughters of mothers who took the drug DES during their pregnancies may have a higher risk of breast cancer as they get older, but this does not mean that they will definitely develop the disease.


Women whose mothers used an anti-miscarriage drug in pregnancy have double the risk of breast cancer than others their age, a US study suggests.

Read Cancer risk of miscarriage drug
BBC News August 2006.

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Pap smears – Letter of the Day, March 2012

Awareness is the Key!

Letter of the Day : Pap smears

I will continue having an annual Pap smear, as specifically stipulated in the fine print of the screening recommendations, because of my increased risk for cervical/vaginal cancer… … We all must remain aware of changing medical guidelines in order for each of us to advocate for — and receive — the care we need to protect our health. Awareness is the key.

StarTribune Letters | Letter of the Day (March 18, 2012) | Pap smears

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Breast Cancer: Risks, Myths and Controversy

Breast cancer: Risks, myths and controversy

For women there are genuine risks that you may think you can’t control. There are also myths and controversy about what causes the disease.
The hormone DES (diethylstilbestrol) also raises the chances of cancer of the breast.

Read Breast cancer: Risks, myths and controversy
by Kathleen Blanchard RN, October 2012