While this post is a departure from what I normally blog about, the topic of DES awareness is something that's close to my heart, and it's a message that needs to be heard. Today marks the beginning of DES Awareness Week, so I am speaking out.
Were you born between 1940 and 1971? If so your mother may have been prescribed DES during her pregnancy and as a result your health - and hers - may be compromised. If you have been exposed to DES (as either a mother or a child) you have an increased risk of developing certain cancers (breast, cervical and vaginal), and also reproductive problems. Males exposed in-utero to DES are also at risk of developing urogenital conditions.
|I am a DES daughter.|
American screenwriter and DES advocate Caitlin McCarthy found out about her exposure in 2005 and she has a feature film entitled "Wonder Drug" currently in production. You can see Caitlin speaking about DES here (you just have to get past the ad!).