A team of experts has announced that new evidence shows women with common breast cancer can safely become pregnant.
According to the new research, which was presented to leading cancer specialists at the European Breast Cancer Conference in Vienna, women diagnosed as being oestrogen receptor positive (ER+) need not worry that having a baby could raise their risk of contracting the disease again.
In the past, doctors have worried that ER+ breast cancer, which accounts for 80% of cases and is by far the most common form of the disease, could be re-triggered by raised levels of oestrogen in the blood as a result of pregnancy.
In a speech to the Vienna conference, the team behind the new research said: "Out of all the women [studied], 57% had ER+ disease, but the study showed there was no difference in the length of time women with either ER+ or ER- disease survived without their disease recurring compared with those who did not become pregnant."
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