Early periods and late childbearing increase risk of breast cancer, study confirmsBMJ 2002; 324 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.324.7334.386/b (Published 16 February 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:386
- Lynn Eaton
Women's risk of getting breast cancer increases if they have few children, start to have children late, or if their periods start early, a large scale French study has confirmed.
The study, published this week on the website of the British Journal of Cancer (http://www.bjcancer.com/), followed nearly 100 000 French women over a 10 year period. They were aged 40-65 at the start of the study. All were with a national health insurance scheme and were mainly teachers. The women were sent follow up questionnaires every two years …