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Does Miscarriage Raise My Breast Cancer Risk?

By    |   Wednesday, 30 Apr 2014 04:01 PM

Question: I had a miscarriage earlier in life and I know that pregnancy changes breast tissue. Will that make me more likely to get cancer?

Dr. Hibberd's answer:
 
No. Women who have had miscarriages, or abortions for that matter, do not face any increased cancer risk. In fact, just the opposite — pregnancy actually decreases the risk of a certain form of cancer, so-called hormone receptor positive breast cancer. A young woman, 20 or younger, who carries a pregnancy to term will have half the breast cancer risk of a woman who waits until she is over 30 to have children. 
 
Pregnancy does change breast tissue because of hormonal changes, and that can cause a slight short term increase in breast cancer risk — particularly in women who have other risk factors for the disease — but it disappears within 10 years of childbirth. 
Breast feeding also significantly reduces risks of all types of breast cancer.

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