A: Dr. Harness Answers the Question

In this clip, Jay Harness, MD, FACS explains if giving birth later in life can increase your risk for developing breast cancer.

So I have a question about 'is delayed birthing a risk factor for breast cancer?' I am actually asked this question by my own two daughters. They were both in their mid-30s when they had their children.

The answer is that delayed birthing is a risk factor for breast cancer and please remember there are multitude of risk factors for breast cancer, many of which we have covered already on this breastcanceranswers.com website.

Interestingly, in the developed countries of the world, is where we see most of the delayed birthing. That's because women are more educated, women are out in the workforce, women are delaying having children for economic reasons, social reasons -- a variety of reasons.

We don't know why the delayed birthing per se is an increased risk factor for breast cancer, but it is. So what do we do about it? What do we do is make sure that we are diligent about breast self-examination, we are diligent about knowing all of our risk factors, and then we are also diligent in having screening mammograms done, which begin at age 40 in women who have no symptoms at all concerning their breasts.

So yes, it's true that delayed birthing is an increased risk factor for breast cancer but please be empowered, do breast self-examination and please get your mammograms done on a regular basis.

This information should not be relied upon as a substitute for personal medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Use the information provided on this site solely at your own risk.  If you have any concerns about your health, please consult with a physician.


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\f0\fs24 \cf0 >>>DR. JAY K. HARNESS: \f1 So I have a question about \'91is delayed
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birthing a risk factor for breast cancer?\'92 I am actually asked this question by my own
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two daughters. They were both in their mid-30s when they had their children. \
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The answer is that delayed birthing is a risk factor for breast cancer and please remember
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there are multitude of risk factors for breast cancer, many of which we have covered already
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on this breastcanceranswers.com website. \ \
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Interestingly, in the developed countries of the world, is where we see most of the
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delayed birthing. That\'92s because women are more educated, women are out in the workforce,
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women are delaying having children for economic reasons, social reasons \'96 a variety of
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reasons. \ \
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We don\'92t know why the delayed birthing per se is an increased risk factor for breast
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cancer, but it is. So what do we do about it? What do we do is make sure that we are
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diligent about breast self-examination, we are diligent about knowing all of our risk
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factors, and then we are also diligent in having screening mammograms done, which begin
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at age 40 in women who have no symptoms at all concerning their breasts. \
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\ So yes, it\'92s true that delayed birthing
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is an increased risk factor for breast cancer but please be empowered, do breast self-examination
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and please get your mammograms done on a regular basis. \
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\ Hi, I am Dr. Jay Harness and I want to share
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with you important information that I believe that every newly diagnosed patient with breast
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cancer needs to know. \ \
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I am a breast cancer survivor. \ \
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I am a breast cancer survivor. \ \
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I am a breast cancer survivor and I want every woman to know about personal life, breast
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cancer treatment and the genomic test \'96 a test that helps guide a woman and her doctor
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to the best treatment options for her. \ \
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Pass it on! \ \
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This information should not be relied upon as a substitute for personalized medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Use the information provided on this site solely at your own risk. If you have any concerns about your health, please consult a physician, or contact us for an appointment.