This Week in BMC Cancer

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In BMC Cancer this week, researchers in the US and Europe present findings from a study on the influence of family size and birth order on cancer risk. The researchers studied more than 5.7 million offspring with identified parents but no parental cancer. They found negative associations for increasing birth order for endometrial, testicular, skin, thyroid and connective tissue cancers and melanoma, but positive associations between birth order and lung, male and female genital cancers.

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