Published: Sat, March 11, 2017
Health | By Bessie Ortiz

Breast cancer: Taking contraceptives, colouring hair increase your risk

Breast cancer: Taking contraceptives, colouring hair increase your risk

These women were surveyed over a span of nine years. Hormonal contraceptives were also found to be major contributors in upping the risk of breast cancer according to the study.

Overall survival was 88 per cent for women with no pregnancy, 82 per cent for those with breast cancer while pregnant, and about 97 per cent for women who got pregnant six months or more after a breast cancer diagnosis.

About one in eight US women will be diagnosed with breast cancer during her lifetime, and these women are living longer thanks to advances in screening and treatment.

Dr. Karen Glass, a reproductive endocrinologist and infertility specialist at Toronto's Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, said the study confirms what some previous research has found about breast cancer and pregnancy. With the different tests to check for BRCA-1 or BRCA-2, the different genes that influence the likelihood of breast cancer, this new step could be helpful towards people who undergo mastectomies and breast reconstruction.

The new findings suggest many women may not need to delay that long to have a baby, said Narod, who advised that women discuss the timing with their doctors. In the trial, 307 women who had been treated for early breast cancer were given the choice of following their normal diet or switching to a Mediterranean diet.

"That is a really important message when we're talking about pregnancy and cancer, making sure that you have that option available".

The team also found a huge number of women going under opportunistic mammography, about 60% of responders reported that they had a mammography before the screening age of 50. Those who gained more than 2.0kg/m2 were at 64% higher risk, compared to those who maintained their weight. None of the women who followed a Mediterranean diet suffered a recurrence of the disease. Bizzare as it may sound, but Researcher Sanna Heikkinen from the University of Helsinki in Finland and Finnish Cancer Registry assessed the role of hair colours in causing breast cancers.

On today's edition of "The Doctors", the doctors discuss a potential wonderful breakthrough when it comes to the different issues related to breast cancer.

Oestrogen-receptor negative (ER-negative) breast cancer is an aggressive form of postmenopausal breast cancer.

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