We know from
research that being pregnant while young somehow reduces one’s risk of breast
cancer later in life, but why and how?
just published in Breast Cancer Research states that a special signal resides
within our body that is called the Wnt/Notch signal. Through the work of this
research study, the scientists discovered that, for women who have children before
age 20 (yes, I really did just type that: age 20!), this signal is permanently
altered and prevents breast cancer cells from growing.
altered Wnt/Notch signal work this magic all the time? No, but apparently most
of the time.
am not ready, however, to go out and tell young people whom I think are still
too immature to even be driving a car to go out and get themselves pregnant as a way to
reduce their future risk of breast cancer.
research does teach us, though, is that we are getting closer to being able to
understand the biology of the breast cell and the various receptors within it
that may impact breast-cancer development.