Prenatal Test May Detect Cancer in Mom

A prenatal test used to detect birth defects may have adding testing benefit for mom I'm Rachelle Grossman with your latest health news A new study found cancer in a few pregnant women through DNA analysis testing of their babies The prenatal test is used to identify potential problems like Down syndrome

Researchers say, "If there's cancer, the tumor is shedding DNA into the mother's blood" If further testing shows that the baby is healthy, any abnormalities may be then coming from the mother In this study, the research team looked at eight cases where the abnormality was traced to the mother In these women, further tests found a diverse group of cancers, but none of these women had symptoms of cancer at the time Talk with your doctor about what prenatal tests are right for you and your baby


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