More people than we think have been exposed to DES because it was used to support faster growth in cattle ,chicken, turkeys in meats and poultry up through the 70’s. After the 70’s regardless of DES’ illegal status farmers were still using it with no regards to the consequences of their actions …
As Ruth Ozeki learns about the meat industry she starts to realize how many issues there are within it. One of the issues she discusses is the growth hormone DES that was used to support faster growth in cattle and chicken in meats and poultry up through the 70’s.
Mark Sherry, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Sociology, has developed a series of YouTube videos to support his teaching (particularly for online classes) and discuss books that his students are studying.
Below is one of these videos in which he discusses
“DES Daughters – Embodied Knowledge and the Transformation of Women’s Health Politics”
a book by Susan E. Bell
The social action component of research and how DES activists forced medicine to change, how DES victims got together to force a federal task force to look into the DES issues and how a national registry was developed to record DES health issues
Late 1980s video published on Jul 12, 2012 by ShellerPC
Archival footage from late 1980s with Attorney Stephen Sheller, P.C. on AM Philadelphia which brings the DES matter to people’s attention and acknowledges the devastating side effects of this drug on women and men and over three generations.
One of the first worldwide drug scandal is DES (Diethylstilbestrol) affecting millions of people in countries where the anti miscarriage drug was widely prescribed to pregnant women decades ago. You may have been exposed to DES without knowing it! The time bomb effects and associated health issues on three generations are still being ignored.
Online Global DES Health History Survey Calling all DES Mothers, Daughters and Sons!
Did you take part in the new 2012 Diethylstilbestrol health history survey created by DES Action USA and open to all DES-exposed individuals worldwide.
DES Daughters What is a DES Daughter? Who are they?
Women born between 1938 and 1978, exposed to the anti miscarriage drug Diethylstilbestrol before birth (in the womb) are defined as DES Daughters.
DES Sons What is a DES Son? Who are they?
Men born between 1938 and 1978, exposed to the anti miscarriage drug Diethylstilbestrol before birth (in the womb) are defined as DES Sons.
Endocrine Disruptors and Lessons from DES Diethylstilbestrol
Pour plus d’information sur la journée tenue à l’Assemblée Nationale le 10 Avril 2012 vous pouvez lire cet article: Les Perturbateurs Endocriniens publié le 26 Avril dernier.
Intervention du Dr Annie J. Sasco, Médecin épidémiologiste du cancer, sur le thème “Effets transgénérationnels des perturbateurs endocriniens: les leçons du DES” lors de la table-ronde organisée par WECF le 10 avril sur le thème “Perturbateurs endocriniens, effets et mécanismes d’action de la conception à la maturité”.
On Tuesday 10th April 2012, the French National Assembly hosted a debate around the harmful effects of endocrine disruptors to convince governments to take action. French and foreign Endocrine Disruptors (ED) specialists attended the event, gave presentations and discussed the many issues associated with ED. Among them was Dr. Annie J. Sasco , Cancer epidemiologist, INSERM Research Director, University of Bordeaux, France, who worked on the transgenerational effects of endocrine disruptors, more specifically those of DES: “I am very pessimistic. For 30 years, cancer has doubled in the world. The DES tragedy is not enough. Even though DES was registered in 1939 in Britain on the poisons’ list, and it had been proven it was ineffective for the prevention of miscarriage since 1953, nothing prevented this drug from being widely produced and prescribed. It has been recognized as a carcinogenic drug since 1974, and it is now proven to have effects on the third generation in terms of risk of cancer, including ovarian and genital malformation rate 18 times higher than normal. We’ve just banned Bisphenol A in baby bottles yet the risks were known since the 30s. Another example is hormone replacement therapy: its extended use to 10 years of treatment is associated with an increased risk of cancer. ”
You can find more information about this debate by reading this article published on April, 26th (approximate translation by Google).
Elevated risk for this type of cancer in DES Daughters as they age
DES and Cancer: the Never Ending Story
41 years ago, a connection between DES exposure and cancer in DES daughters was established. Cases of Clear Cell Adenocarcinoma (CCA) of the vagina were diagnosed in an age group never before found to develop it. At the time the peak incidence of CCA in DES Daughters was in the late teens and early 20s. Most young women with CCA of the vagina have a history of prenatal exposure to diethylstilbestrol (DES). DES daughters were told by physicians that the risk was low when you reach your 30s and you can still read today on some websites that “if a DES daughter has not developed this cancer by age 30, she will not develop it”.
But today, DES daughters cancer fears are confirmed and justified as the findings and conclusions of a new report by CDC researchers suggest an elevated risk for this vaginal/cervical cancer in DES Daughters as they age.
When researchers first linked prenatal DES exposure to vaginal / cervical cancer in a small group of women, soon after, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) notified physicians throughout the U.S.A. that DES should not be prescribed to pregnant women (note that it wasn’t banned!). In Europe, the drug continued to be prescribed to pregnant women until 1978. So even though this report says “elevated risk among women born between 1947 and 1971 in the United States”, it should read “among all women born between 1947 and 1978 in countries where DES was prescribed”. In the United States alone it is estimated that five to 10 million people were exposed to DES between 1938 and 1971.
When will this stop? The statement “The more I learn the less I know” really seems to apply to the DES tragedy. As we learn more about the devastating health effects of diethylstibestrol, we begin to become more aware of the limits of our knowledge regarding the long term effects not only for DES daughters but also DES sons and the DES 3rd generation (children of DES daughters and sons). DES truly is a never ending story!
Wherever you are stay safe and remind your GP that DES daughters need yearly Pap test and pelvic exam as well as regular health screening and adequate care!
Diethylstilbestrol in utero exposure and cancers risk, 2011
From Maryland – Exposure to Diethylstilbestrol in the womb raises a woman’s risk of many cancers, according to a report published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Researchers studied over 6500 women, 4600 of whom were exposed to DES in the womb. Results showed that this exposure significantly increased risk of many cancers and fertility problems, including a 40x increased risk of clear-cell adenocarcinoma, 8x increased risk of neonatal death, 2.4x increased risk of infertility and a 1.8x increased risk of breast cancer.