Breast Cancer Risk May Rise After Childbirth, but Is Still Low
Compared with women who have never given birth, those who recently had babies may have a slight increased risk of breast cancer that peaks after about five years and then gradually declines, according to a study published this week.
The degree of risk increases with the mother’s age at the time she gave birth.
The results sound disturbing, especially for women who already have more than enough stress taking care of young children. But even with the increase, the risk of breast cancer in young women before menopause remains very low, researchers say.
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