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Childbirth Increases Risk of Breast Cancer

posted Dec 13, 2018, 6:38 AM by PHS Warrior Beat

By: Jenny Tran

    In the United States, about 1 in 8 women will develop an invasive form of breast cancer, according to breastcancer.org. Studies done in the past have proven that women who have kids have a lower risk of developing breast cancer. Although a new study conducted by the University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center states otherwise.

    This new study has brought to light that after childbirth, the “protection” against breast cancer can take up to twenty years. Researchers also found that once giving birth, the “risk for breast cancer goes up for twenty four years after a woman’s last child, peaking at five years after childbirth,” according to a web publication by CBS News.

    The study’s results were shocking, because it found out that women who have babies actually have a greater risk of breast cancer. According to a web publication by USA Today, research has shown that “breast cancer risk was highest about five years after giving birth.”

    With this newfound information, doctors and researchers can now develop new prediction models to detect early stages of breast cancer.

Uploaded: 12/13/18

Edited By: CS

Sources: https://www.breastcancer.org/symptoms/understand_bc/statistics https://www.cbsnews.com/news/breast-cancer-risk-may-increase-for-24-years-after-childbirth-study-finds/ https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/health/2018/12/12/breast-cancer-risk-increases-young-women-after-childbirth-study/2286914002/