UNDATED (AP) -- Does breast cancer hit pregnant women harder than other women in the same age group?
A new study at the Anderson Cancer Center in Houston followed just over 100 women spread out over more than 30 years, all of whom had cancer either during or just after pregnancy.
The results for both recurring cancer or death among the study group was found to be the same as among women in the same age group who had not become pregnant.
The study also analyzed data from more than 650 women during the same period.
Radiation -- dangerous to a fetus -- can also be replaced by ultrasound to look for breast tumors. And surgery and certain kinds of chemotherapy can treat breast disease without poisoning the womb.
The new study contradicts earlier and smaller studies that showed maternity made things worse.
The study is published today in the journal Cancer.
(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
To comment, the following rules must be followed:
Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.
Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Links require admin approval before posting.
Questions may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please provide detailed information.