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Large babies signal mother's increased breast cancer risk

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Mothers who give birth to large babies could be at more than double the risk of breast cancer in later life, according to a study by the University of Texas.

Researchers found the trend in mothers who delivered babies weighing 8.25 pounds or more – putting them in the top fifth in terms of newborn size.

The study, published in the online journal PLoS ONE, suggests having a large baby is linked to increased levels of hormones including oestrogen known to be associated with increased risk of the disease.

Lead study author Radek Bukowski said: “Women can take steps to increase their general protection against breast cancer.”

 

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  • I am interested in this tie-up of large babies and breast cancer and have read the link on research but what can be done about it-- just follow-ups? It was mentioned that single mums were more likely to be in this group.How come? These are the ones less likely to attend routine tests in later life so is there any help for them to prevent breast cancer?

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