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Risk of Childhood Leukemia Goes Up When Moms Drink

One maternal drink per week increases risk of childhood leukemia by 24%.

Leukemia is the most frequently occurring cancer in children. Scientists believe that it results from the interaction of genetic and environmental factors.

Researchers reviewed the possible role of maternal alcohol consumption and risk of leukemia in their children. When moms took just one more drink a week, the risk of leukemia (acute myeloid leukemia) went up by 24%.

PositiveTip: Avoid drinking alcohol during pregnancy to minimize the risk of your children getting leukemia.