Study finds size of baby girls linked to breast cancer

October 2nd, 2008 - 5:01 pm ICT by Bupha Ravirot  

Baby girls who are born larger than average size are more prone to develop cancer as they grow up.

The study based on analysis of 32 case studies involving more than 600,000 British women. Regarding results, it was found that for every pound heavier and every 2 cm increase in length they were at birth, the risk of developing breast cancer increased by six per cent.

One of the theory says that larger baby may be exposed to estrogen and other hormones in the mother’s womb.

Professor Isabel dos Santos Silva also said that head circumference could also linked to breast cancer risk, based on data analyzed.

There are some things a woman can do to help reduce her risk of developing breast cancer such as maintaining a healthy weight, eating a balanced diet and limiting her alcohol intake.

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