Study: Jews Who Survived World War II Have More Cancer


holocaustA new study shows Israeli Jews who survived World War Two in Europe have a higher risk for getting cancer than other Jews. The study’s researchers say the finding could stem from the hardships endured by victims of the Holocaust, where the German Nazi regime systematically persecuted and murdered about six-million Jews.Those hardships included being subjected to severe starvation and mental stress as well as exposure to cold and infectious agents.

The study indicated Jews who spent World War Two in Europe were at least 17-percent more likely to develop colorectal, breast and lung cancers.

The cancer risk was greatest among the war’s youngest Jewish survivors, those born between 1940 and 1945.

This suggests the traumas they endured as children during the Holocaust may have raised their risk of getting cancer by altering their growth and hormone patterns.

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