Study links babies’ birth weight to risk of breast cancer in moms

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Monica Richardson is anxiously awaiting her first baby and says, “I'm just excited to see him, see his face.”

Of course, Monica wants her baby to be born in a healthy weight range, but doctors say that how much a baby weighs can also impact the mother.

A new study done by the University of Texas says mothers delivering babies that weigh more than eight and a quarter pounds have double the risk of developing breast cancer. 

Dr. Reid Goodman of Mile High OB/GYN Associates in Cherry Creek explains that bigger babies can create a higher amount of the hormone estrogen in the mother’s bloodstream and adds, “With a higher birth weight baby there's a higher level of hormone and breast cancers can be, but not always, hormone dependent.”

Dr. Goodman warns that women who have had larger babies in the past shouldn’t panic and says, “I  think what they need to do is have it in the back of their mind but at this point I don't think there's any need to do mammograms any earlier.”

Although more studies are likely to be done on how the possible link between birth weight and breast cancer affects different types of women, doctors say any additional information is helpful in the prevention of disease.

Dr. Goodman agrees saying, “This is another way we can be proactive in terms of taking care of women and women taking care of themselves in the future.”

If you would like to read more on the study you can visit http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_127321.html .