A new study found an excess risk of preterm birth and low birth weight in offspring born to adolescent and young adult cancer survivors. The results warrant pre-pregnancy counseling and increased surveillance during pregnancy for this population.

More than 45,000 adolescents and young adults (AYA; between 15 and 39 years of age) are diagnosed and treated for cancer every year. Data on reproductive fertility/birth outcome in this population may be vital for those planning to conceive or those who are already pregnant. In a new study published in JAMA Oncology, researchers at the University of North Carolina looked at the prevalence of adverse birth outcomes in female AYA cancer survivors.

Authors

Chelsea Anderson, MPH1; Stephanie M. Engel, PhD1; Jennifer E. Mersereau, MD2; et al

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