Children of older fathers at increased risk of developing lymphoma

Is the threat having a child one day endure non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL) another reason for older men to reconsider having more children? Previous studies have uncovered a link between men over 40 and an increased likelihood that the children they father either suffer from autism or schizophrenia compared to children fathered by men under 30, while other studies see a link between older fathers and their children developing breast or prostate cancer as adults.

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Now a new and possibly unique study out of City of Hope Hospital in southern California suggests kids of born of older fathers are at an increased risk of developing NHLs.

Researchers looked at data on 110,999 California women. Those born to men over 40 years of age had a 59 percent greater risk of developing an NHL than those born to fathers younger than 25.

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This study is being published online as well as in the June 15 issue of the American Journal of Epidemiology.

By Ross Bonander

Source: City of Hope newsroom

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