Fri 15 Oct, 2004 07:33 am
The BBC reports the following study results"
"Child growth breast cancer link
The way a girl grows during her early years may influence her risk of breast cancer, research suggests.
A Danish study of more than 117,000 women found those born chubby, but who went on to become tall and lean teenagers had the highest risk.
The biological reason for the increased risk is unclear, but the study suggests breast tissue cells may be sensitive during early periods of rapid growth.
Details are published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Breast cancer rates have risen in recent decades - and the new study suggests that this in part might be tied to the increase in average height.
The researchers, from the Danish Epidemiology Science Centre in Copenhagen, analysed records of girls born between 1930 and 1975.
They found that a higher risk of breast cancer was associated with:
High birth weight
Rapid growth around the time of mammary gland development
Having low body-mass-index during adolescence......."
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