Cancer Cells Passed From Mom To Baby


BBC reports that a recent study now proves that it is possible for cancer cells to be passed from a pregnant woman to her unborn baby. A woman in Japan was found to have passed leukaemic cells to her unborn daughter.

Dr Frederick van Delft is a member of the research team from the British Institute for Cancer Research. He said cases like this were ''very rare''.

Dr van Delft said the placenta and the child's immune system were supposed to be able to prevent the cancer cells from being passed on but they occasionally failed.

Scientists are now saying that for the first time they have proven beyond a doubt that cells can be transmitted this way. You can listen to an excerpt below.


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