A recent study that has come out of the University Texas Medical Branch has shown that women who give birth to babies with a higher birth weight, are more likely to develop breast cancer later in life. The study showed that women who had heavier babies were more likely to develop this type of cancer by nearly twofold.
The study from the University involved nearly 25,000 women and found that those women who delivered babies in the top 20 percent weight wise were more than twice as likely to get breast cancer later in life when compared to women who gave birth to smaller babies.
The lead author of the study is Dr Radek Bukowski and he has commented, “This study is important because it highlights one of the risk factors associated with getting breast cancer later in life is giving birth to a heavier baby. This is going to be very useful for doctors because it will allow them to predict better which women are more likely to develop breast cancer, and screened for it more regularly.”
The study showed that women in a certain baby weight percentage were more likely to develop breast cancer, however the study researchers found it likely that the heavier the babies the more likely the chance of the mother developing breast cancer is on a sliding scale. This has not been proven but it is expected that further studies will bring greater information to the subject.
The study showed that women were on average developing the breast cancer nearly 40 years after giving birth. It has been accepted by the researchers on the study that further studies do need to be conducted before any clinical recommendations can be solidly made.