New Research Finds Young Mothers More At Risk For Breast Cancer

 

Study Finds Young Mothers More At Risk For Breast Cancer

While younger women were previously thought to have been at a much lower risk for the disease, new cancer research is now finding that mothers, regardless of age, may be at a higher risk for developing “postpartum breast cancer.”

via USA Today

While breast cancer is not common in women so young, almost one-third of the 25,000 cases diagnosed in women under age 45 fall into the category of postpartum breast cancer, also called pregnancy-associated breast cancer, says Pepper Schedin, a professor at the University of Colorado in Denver.

For reasons doctors don’t completely understand, a woman’s risk of breast cancer actually goes up in the five years or so after she has a child, Schedin says.

It’s likely that the hormones of pregnancy play a role, says Eric Winer, director of breast oncology at Boston’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. For example, hormonal surges and fluctuations may speed up the growth of a pre-existing cancer, leading a woman to be diagnosed sooner than she might have been if she had never been pregnant.

Of course, there are also other contributing factors that make a woman high-risk for breast cancer such as family history. Be sure to stay informed and stay healthy with regular check ups and doctor visits.

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  1. Oh Snap! says:

    YOU JUST CAN’T WIN. IF YOU ARE IN YOUR 40S AND NEVER HAD KIDS THEN YOU ARE AT RISK. IF YOU ARE IN YOUR 20S AND HAD KIDS THEN YOU ARE AT RISK. IF YOUR FEMALE RELATIVES HAD BREAST CANCER THEN YOU ARE AT RISK. IF YOU ARE TOO FAT OR TOO SKINNY, TOO OLD OR TOO YOUNG, LIVE IN THE HOOD OR IN THE SUBURBS, SMOKE OR DONT SMOKE, YOU’RE AT RISK.

    AT SOME POINT WE HAVE TO WAKE UP AND REALIZE THAT ITS OUR ENVIRONMENT. WE ARE SURROUNDED BY THINGS THAT CONTAIN CARCINOGENS. CHECK SIGNS AT THE GAS STATION, AT COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS, CHECK CERTAIN FOOD PRODUCTS.

    ITS ALL ENVIRONMENTAL!

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