Study: Increase in Pregnant Women Diagnosed with Cancer
September 20, 2012
by Kate Goodin
An Australian study found that more women are being diagnosed with cancer while pregnant than in the previous decades, reports NBC News. In 1994, 112 per 100,00 pregnant women were diagnosed with cancer; in 2007, that number increased to 192.
The study looked at data from New South Wales hospitals on births and cancer diagnoses, and discovered the increase. Researchers attribute the rise to advanced maternal age and better cancer screening and detection tests. In the study, pregnant women over 35 were three times more likely to get cancer than those under 30.
The most common cancer diagnosis was melanoma, which affects 45 out of every 100,000 women; but Australia, where the study was conducted, also has the highest rate of melanoma worldwide.