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Question from Gina: My mother passed away of breast cancer at age 42. I'm 40 now with no children. I'm recently married and considering having a child. I've heard that children late in life (or no children at all) increases breast cancer risk. Any thoughts on that? Thank you!
Answers - Lynn Hartmann There is a slight increased risk of breast cancer in women who have never had children or had their first child late in life (after age 30). The emphasis, however, is on the word "slight." It's certainly important for you to understand your risk of breast cancer. If there are other relatives in the family besides your mother who have breast cancer, or if you're from an Ashkenazi Jewish family, you may wish to visit with a genetic counselor to understand your risks as you make this decision.
Beth Baughman DuPree, M.D., F.A.C.S. You can read more about risk reduction in the special section, Lower Your Risk, here at www.breastcancer.org.

This Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Risk Reduction featured Beth Baughman DuPree, M.D., F.A.C.S. and Lynn Hartmann answering your questions about breast cancer risk factors and ways to lower your risk.

Editor's Note: This conference took place in February 2006.

The materials presented in these conferences do not necessarily reflect the views of Breastcancer.org. A qualified healthcare professional should be consulted before using any therapeutic product or regimen discussed. All readers should verify all information and data before employing any therapies described here.

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