WEDNESDAY, June 9 (HealthDay News) -- Children born to older
fathers are at increased risk for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, a new
study has found.
Researchers analyzed data on 110,999 California women and found
that those born to fathers older than 40 had a 59 percent greater
risk of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (cancer of the blood and immune
system) than those born to fathers younger than 25.
The study, which appears online and in the June 15 print issue
American Journal of Epidemiology, is one of the first to examine the link between parents' age and their adult children's risk of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, the authors said.
The findings add to the growing evidence that a father's age may
have a significant effect on a child's health, said study author
Yani Lu, of the City of Hope research and treatment center in
Duarte, Calif. For example, other studies have found that children
of older fathers may be more likely to develop prostate and breast
cancers in adulthood, as well as some types of blood cancers during
"As a man, you may think, 'I can have a baby at 50 or 60 and live long enough to see him go through college.' But there may be other risks for your child down the line, and you may want to be conscious of those risks," Lu said in a news release from City of Hope.
As men age, they may accumulate mutations in their reproductive
cells, which increases the risk of abnormalities being passed on to
Previous research has shown that older women who get pregnant
are at increased risk for miscarriage and more likely to have
babies with low birth weight, autism, or serious health problems,
such as Down syndrome.
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