Smoking by Fathers increases risk of cancer in children

A study said that fathers who smoke pass on damaged DNA to their children, raising the risk of cancer, research shows.

It indicated that smoking harms the father’s DNA, and these damaged genes can be inherited by his children. The study elaborated that this raises the risk of youngsters developing childhood cancers, particularly leukaemia, warn researchers at the University of Bradford.

Because a fertile cell takes three months to fully develop, fathers should kick the habit 12 weeks before conceiving to avoid the risk, Dr Diana Anderson said. She added: ‘Smoking by fathers at the time around conception can lead to genetic changes in their children.

These changes may raise the risk of developing cancer.’ Besides, scientists at the University of Glasgow have also found that men who drink lots of tea are far more likely to warn researchers develop prostate cancer. They revealed that those who drank seven or more cups a day had a 50 per cent higher risk of contracting the disease than men who had three or fewer.

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