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Pregnancy temporarily increases the risk of breast cancer


If, in the long term, the fact of having had children is a protective factor, pregnancy and the years following childbirth are periods of risk because of the hormonal and immune upheavals they cause.

A few weeks after giving birth to her baby girl, at the end of 2020, Laura felt a lump in her right breast.

Don't worry

, her gynecologist assured her,

it's because of breastfeeding, the breasts change a lot.

So Laura forgot about it.

But the ball was still there.

And after a few months, she had grown.

Return to the gynecologist three months after the first concerns.

This time, the doctor prescribes examinations: mammography, ultrasound and biopsy.

The diagnosis falls: it is a triple negative breast cancer - a particularly aggressive form - at a fairly advanced stage.

After a year of particularly trying treatments, Laura is finally out of the woods.

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It's a little known fact: pregnancy and the period following childbirth (“postpartum”) temporarily increase the risk of developing breast cancer.

But doctors, midwives and patients sometimes tend to sweep too quickly...

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Source: lefigaro

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