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Breast Cancer Care: Research presented by Dr Azim at the seventh European Breast Cancer Conference

Statement from Breast Cancer Care on research presented by Dr Azim at the seventh European Breast Cancer Conference which suggests that pregnancy does not increase the risk of recurrence in women who have had breast cancer.

Maria Leadbeater, Clinical Nurse Specialist at Breast Cancer Care, said:

"To date there has been insufficient evidence on whether pregnancy following breast cancer treatment can increase a woman's risk of recurrence.

"While this research does not identify why pregnancy may reduce the risk of breast cancer returning, its suggestion that it will not lead to an increased risk will be very reassuring for younger women with breast cancer.

"Treatment for breast cancer can significantly reduce a woman's chance becoming pregnant, so it is vital that full information on fertility preserving treatments is given at the earliest possible stage."

ENDS

For further media information, please contact
Ian Manley
0207 960 3450/ 0770 290 1334
ian.manley@breastcancercare.org.uk

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