Pregnancy and Breast Cancer – 1
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. There is a widely-held perception that pregnancy is protective against breast cancer.
Dr. Brinton: Pregnancy in the long run is beneficial.
Narrator: Dr. Louise Brinton is at the National Cancer Institute.
Dr. Brinton: But we actually see that in the short term, it’s a risk factor.
Narrator: Hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy can affect a woman’s risk.
Dr. Brinton: We know that pregnancy’s associated with a lot of changes in hormones. But we don’t know which hormones could be contributing to the risks that are associated with reproductive patterns.
Narrator: Dr. Brinton says a woman has a risk of breast cancer for the first five years following a birth. For more information on pregnancy and breast cancer, visit www.cancer.gov. Health Matters is produced by the National Institutes of Health, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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