The Holocaust was an increased risk of developing cancer. It found Israeli researchers, publishing their study in the journal CANCER.
Dr. Sigal Sadetzki and her colleagues found out how hunger, stress and illness, moved survivors of the Holocaust men, affect the development of cancer. For their study, they collected data on 153 thousand survivors, the observation of which lasted for more than 45 years. Under the victims of the Holocaust, scientists understood two categories: those who after the war received compensation in accordance with the law, and those who during the war lived in the occupied Nazi territories.
Among the victims compensated, the proportion of cancer patients was 22%, among others – 16%. Also have compensated prisoners of the risk of developing bowel cancer was 12% higher, and lung cancer by 37% higher compared to those whom the Holocaust is not touched; those who lived in the occupied territories, the risk of developing any cancer was increased by 8%, colon cancer and lung 8% and 12% respectively. The risk for women of breast cancer and reproductive organs has not increased.
“The data show how important it is to study the lasting impact of the different factors on the risk of cancer – said Professor Sadecki. Such results cannot be obtained experimentally, the risks can be evaluated only in observational studies.”
The study also noted that the results obtained may have Parallels with other events affecting racial or ethnic minorities.