A research team from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, New York looked at data from 661 women who had breast cancer as well as 696 women in a control group, that did not have breast cancer. This group received biopsies to determine whether they had any benign tissue in their breasts. Some medical professionals have a theory that pregnancy matures breast tissue, and that breasts that "mature" earlier are less likely to develop cancer later on in life. I'm not sure about this, an whether the reduced risk might have more to do with breastfeeding than with pregnancy itself. I wonder if the research team looked at the breastfeeding statistics of women in both groups? That would make for some interesting information, especially because it is already known that breastfeeding does reduce breast cancer by 26 percent, according to some studies.
What do you think? Would information that having children before your 25th birthday convince you to have children earlier? If you had children later in life, does that mean that you are now more worried about developing breast cancer? Do you go for regular check-ups? Do you self-check your breasts? We'd love to hear about your experiences! You might also be interested in checking out what we wrote about early pregnancy symptoms while breastfeeding. For more about young mothers, see: UK schools to run prenatal clinics?