Abused Kids Likely to have Cancer in Adulthood

Updated at: Jul 19, 2012
Abused Kids Likely to have Cancer in Adulthood

Parental abuse increases child's risk of developing cancer.

Himanshu Sharma
LatestWritten by: Himanshu SharmaPublished at: Jul 18, 2012

Abused Kids Likely to have Cancer in Adulthood

A research panel from Purdue University suggests that children who are emotionally or physically abused frequently are more likely to develop cancer in their adulthood. Researchers speculate it is associated with social bonding, but cancer connection was found in the same-sex parents, i.e., connection was significant for mothers who abused daughters and fathers who abused sons.

Researchers examined a variety of childhood misfortunes, which included abuse. It was observed that men with the most stressors during childhood and children were abused by their same-sex parent were more likely to develop cancer.

Patricia Morton, co-author and sociology and gerontology graduate, stated that they are no sure about the reason of the correlation, but it could be due to social bonding between same-sex kids and parents. Kenneth Ferraro, professor of Sociology and director of Purdues Centre on Aging and the Life Course, explained research findings to Journal of Aging and Health, underling the long-term consequences of child abuse.


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