Breast cancer: How to reduce your risks - Rachel's story

Breast cancer: How to reduce your risks 

  • Older first-time mums have a higher risk of breast cancer. 

  • Abortion generates more older first-time mums. 

  • The more full-term babies for a woman the lower her breast cancer risk.

Rachel, what's her risk? 

Take Rachel who is 18 and in her first pregnancy. She chooses abortion but this delays her First Full-Term Pregnancy (FFTP) for 5 years at 23.  At 23, she delivers Alfie; and wisely, she lowers her breast cancer risk by breast-feeding him.2 But, no one told her that delaying her FFTP by 5 years made her life time cancer risk rise by one fifth – for the rest of her life.

Rachel studies the evidence in this Pregnancy and Abortion guide and is glad she avoided another 5 year delay in FFTP. If she delayed till 28, then her lifetime risk of breast cancer would rise another fifth – to be 40% higher for the rest of her life than if she kept that aborted one at 18. 

By 35, if Rachel had aborted Alfie as well, her lifetime risk would have doubled.4 

We knew 300 years ago that Italian nuns got more breast cancer.5 Its been settled science for over 30 years that older first-time mums are at higher risk of cancer. 

As cancer killers go, breast cancer has risen to equal lung cancer in the world's top killers. One British woman in 6 will get breast cancer.

  • Older first-time mums have a higher risk of breast cancer. 

  • Abortion generates more older first-time mums. 

  • The more full-term babies for a woman the lower her breast cancer risk. 

All women should check their breasts for lumps monthly. 

More on reducing breast cancer in the guide Pregnancy and Abortion Your Choice.