True or false: A medication my mother took when she was pregnant with me could put me at risk for cancer.
True. Diethylstilbestrol (DES) was given to pregnant women from 1938-1971 because it was believed to prevent miscarriages and promote “healthy pregnancies.” Not only did the drug not prevent problems, it caused health issues for the women taking it as well as for children born of these pregnancies.
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