Link Between Pregnancy and Breast Cancer?
Tuesday, October 9 2012
An article in USA Today outlines how pregnancy can increase the risk of developing breast cancer in women. One-third of all breast cancer cases in women under the age of 45 fall into the category of postpartum breast cancer, which is also referred to as pregnancy-associated breast cancer. Researchers believe that women might already have the breast cancer cells in their body, and the hormones naturally produced by a woman's body during the pregnancy can trigger an early onset of the disease. Doctor's don't fully understand this phenomenon, but have discovered that a woman's risk for pregnancy goes up in the first 5 years after giving birth. The good news is that postpartum breast cancer falls into a subcategory of breast cancers that is responding well to a new drug called Herceptin. Doctors have found that dealing with postpartum breast cancer patients is difficult, but with the new drug their chances of success are going up. To read the complete article: Click Here