Late childbirth associated with high risk of breast cancer: suggests recent study

The women who have planned for their first child after 35 years of age have a higher probability to develop breast cancer say the medical experts. Their incidences to develop breast cancer is much more than those who do not have children, are infertile or due to other reasons. A study conducted regarding the same has revealed that the earlier you plan your baby, the better it is for both, the mother and the child. Childbirth is hence marked as a protection against the onset of breast cancer.

In addition to delayed childbirth, a familial history may also amplify the risk involved with breast cancer. It is in the genes, say the geneticists that a woman inherits from her parents. Not just a delayed childbirth but the greater number of childbirths may also add up to the cause. And this is hardly related to whether the woman has fed her child with breast milk or not.

Nevertheless, the chances of getting breast cancer are greater in the case of late age childbirth. For the women who opted to go for pregnancy at an age of 25 years, the possibility to lie in the risk line is almost no or negligible, as is stated by research workers of University of North Carolina (UNC) in the US.

Although the risk factor in different cases may be different and so is the cause. This may differ in case of a younger woman if compared to the older. But the fact that the danger of the onset of the disease can be subsided or at least be reduced by taking the right steps at right time, mentioned Hazel B. Nichols, Professor at the UNC.

The women, both young and old, were at greater peril for five years after their first childbirth counting to a risk factor of 80% higher than those who did not give birth. The risk factor continued for some women for an even longer time. It was after twenty-three years of giving birth that the women were off the danger line.

15 potential studies were carried out counting 889,944 women across the world by the analytical team. The team did not excise only childbirth as the criteria but also did the pedigree analysis and breastfeeding pattern.

Such findings can prevent the inception of deadly diseases, breast cancer being one in the list. Proper screening, evaluation of health conditions, and other prevention strategies can be effectively applied on the basis of results from such statistical analysis, said Nicholas.

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