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Breast cancer patients can have children 'with no extra risk'

Published on 29/03/2010
Women who have been treated for breast cancer can have children without increasing their risk of dying from the disease five years after treatment, according to new research.

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists does not advise against pregnancy, but recommends that women wait for up to five years after treatment, depending on the aggressiveness of the cancer.

Welcoming the findings, Dr Caitlin Palframan, a spokesperson for Breakthrough Breast Cancer, said that more research is key.

She commented: "It is important that women who wish to get pregnant following breast cancer have more information about any potential effect this might have on their chances of long-term survival."

A study presented European Breast Cancer Conference in Barcelona last week suggested that beta-blockers can help reduce the spread of cancer in patients with breast tumours.

Those who received the treatment had a 71 per cent reduced risk of dying from breast cancer.

Cancer Research UK reports that the disease is now the most common cancer in the UK. In 2006, more than 45,500 women were diagnosed.
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