Pregnant women who have breast cancer are not at a higher risk of recurrence
Mar 21, 2012
Recent research presented at the European Breast Cancer Conference in Vienna, Austria, showed that women who become pregnant after being treated for breast cancer do not have a higher risk of recurrence, according to ABC News.
The study involved 333 women, who were between 21 and 48 years old, and became pregnant after breast cancer diagnosis. This group was compared with 874 women who had similar diagnoses, but did not get pregnant. After five years, researchers discovered that 30 percent of all of the women - regardless if they were pregnant or not - had a recurrence of the breast cancer.
"The literature is overall very reassuring that women who become pregnant after having breast cancer are not adversely affecting their cancer health outcomes," Dr. Kathy Helzlsouer, director of the Prevention and Research Center at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, told the news source.
According to the American Cancer Society, one in eight women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point during her lifetime. It is recommended to schedule annual mammograms once a woman turns 40 to ensure that if she does have the disease, it is detected during the earlier stages.