Wednesday 17 November 2010


DES Action Australia-NSW has made enquiries to all State Cancer Registries and found there are 20 further cases of clear cell adenocarcinoma of the vagina/cervix (CCA) reported to those Registries prior to 1982. Consequently, the estimate of the upper range figure for DES exposure in Australia has increased.

We can now calculate the estimate in Australia to be 168,000 - 648,000 DES exposed mothers, daughters and sons.

In data held by the Therapeutic Goods Administration to present, there have been 3 mortalities due to DES associated CCA. However, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare data up to 1997 for CCA cases in the general population shows 8 deaths in total.

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