& Breast Cancer
your family planning choices have to do with your risk of breast cancer?
have children before thirty and who have multiple pregnancies have a lower
risk than those of us who wait until after thirty, or have no children.
suggests that women who have their first child after thirty also face
more aggressive tumors.
have busy lives. More years of education, careers, more effective methods
of contraception and later marriages all result in our having children
at a much later age than our parents and grandparents.
before they turn 30 have a lower incidence of breast cancer. Women
who have more
than one child have an even better chance of avoiding the disease.
Some research has found the benefits of early childbearing so strong
that it counteracts the increased risk of early menarche. That is, unless
there is a family history of breast cancer. Genetic
factors eliminate the benefits of early childbearing.
of this protection
is the change or " maturing" that occurs in breast tissue during pregnancy.
These changes are permanent and the cellular changes that result in breast
cancer are less likely to occur. Early pregnancy gives a life long protection
that reduces the risk of breast cancer.
rush out immediately to start a family.
to consider is that pregnancy
can cause a three to five year increase in the risk of developing breast
cancer. The increase in estrogen during pregnancy is associated with an
increased risk of breast cancer. One
study reported that women who have multiple births or babies over
eight pounds, are more at risk than those that carry lighter weight babies.
is that premature
birth or abortion
may increase the risk. The argument is that the breasts do not fully "mature".
The cellular changes that do take place and the increased estrogen the
body produces add up to a higher incidence of breast cancer. Most studies
do not support this conclusion.
having breast cancer and all the related treatments mean if you are
pregnant or planning on starting a family after you've been diagnosed?
news here is that the recent research finds no effects on children
born to breast cancer survivors.
recommend waiting for a two to three year period before considering pregnancy.
The additional estrogen that the body produces is feared to be dangerous
to post treatment breast tissue. Some studies have questioned whether
this is necessary. With the disagreement among researchers, the best idea
is to take your doctors advice.
If you are
worried about the biological clock ticking away, recent studies reporting
fertilization is not linked to breast cancer risk should make the
wait a little easier. Some institutions
are working with cancer survivors to help reverse fertility problems due
to cancer treatments.
updated July 9, 2009
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