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  • Diethylstilboestrol (DES) was commonly prescribed as an anti-miscarriage medication between 1946 and 1971 in Australia.
  • DES can cause reproductive changes and diseases in both the mothers and their children.
  • Everyone who was exposed to DES needs special medical care, even if they don’t have any obvious health problems.
  • All DES daughters should have a yearly DES examination.
  • All DES daughters should participate in the BreastScreen Victoria program, as well as doing a monthly breast self-examination.
  • There is no evidence that the third generation is affected by DES exposure.

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Reviewed on: 21-04-2023