According to a recent study carried out by researchers from the University of Bradford, a father who smokes can pass on damaged genes to his children – subsequently raising their offspring’s risk of cancer.
Fertile sperm takes approximately three months to develop fully, suggesting that males who are planning a family with their partner should attempt to kick their smoking habit at least 12 weeks before beginning to try for a baby in order to avoid any potential risks.
Dr Diana Anderson who worked on the study said: ‘Smoking by fathers at the time around conception can lead to genetic changes in their children. These changes may raise the risk of developing cancer.’
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