Breast Cancer in Pregnancy

Breast cancer is found in about 1 in every 3,000 pregnant women. Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer found pregnancy, while breastfeeding, or within the first year of delivery. You may hear this called gestational breast cancer or pregnancy-associated breast cancer (PABC). When a pregnant woman develops breast cancer, it’s often diagnosed at a later stage than it would be if the woman were not pregnant. It’s also more likely to have spread to the lymph nodes. This is partly because of hormone changes during pregnancy. Another reason it may be hard to find breast cancers early during pregnancy is that screening for breast cancer is often delayed until after the pregnancy is over. Pregnancy and breastfeeding can also make breast tissue denser.

 

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