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Your Baby’s Birth Weight May Determine Your Risk For Breast Cancer

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It’s unclear right now if a women increases her breast cancer risk with each consecutive high birth weight baby above and beyond her first, Dr. Bukowski said.

Additionally, more investigation is needed to definitively know if having a big baby and developing breast cancer later on is a cause-and-effect relationship. New research is now underway.

Another study by Dr. Bukowski and his team, published in the March 2012 edition of PLoS One found women who gave birth to small full-term babies have an increase drisk for future heart disease.

Dr. Bukowski said that beyond cancer and heart disease, yet perhaps just as significant, is that research now shows that what happens to a woman’s body during pregnancy has a life-long effect, for better or worse, including the ability to initiate chronic disease decades later.

Lynette Summerill is an award-winning writer and Scuba enthusiast living in San Diego, CA with her husband and two beach loving dogs. In addition to writing about cancer-related issues for EmpowHER, she has produced work that has been seen in newspapers and magazines around the world.

Sources and Information:

Telephone interview with Dr. Radek Bukowski, professor, obstetrics and gynecology, Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston. August 6, 2012

Interview with Marie McCormick, CNP, Community Cancer Center of North Florida , an e+CancerCare facility, operator of best-in-class outpatient cancer care centers in the United States. August 6, 2012. For more information:

Birth Weight, Breast Cancer and the Potential Mediating Hormonal Environment. Radek Bukowski, Rowan T. Chebows, Inger Thune, Annie-Sofie Furberg, Gary D. V, Hankins, Fergal D. Malone, Mary E. D’Alton. PLoS ONE, July 2012;7(7)e40199

Mothers who give birth to large infant at increased risk of breast cancer. University of Texas Medical Branch of Galveston. Olivia Goodman

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