News: Giving birth in your 20s can lower risk of breast cancer

Thinking of holding off on having a baby? If you’re in your 20s, you might want to start trying now.

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Thinking of holding off on having a baby? If you’re in your 20s, you might want to start trying now.

A new study, published in the journal Cell Stem Cell, shows that breast cancer risk is reduced in women who give birth in their 20s.

"Early full-term pregnancy is one of the most effective natural protections against breast cancer," the study’s authors wrote.

They also found that carrying a child to full term resulted in a significant reduction in the type of cells (mammary gland progenitors) that are common in women who are at high risk for breast cancer.

Do you plan to have a baby in your 20s? Or would you rather reduce your risk for breast cancer in a way that doesn’t include giving birth?

-Katharine Watts, associate web editor

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