Giving Birth 10 Times Reduces Your Risk of Cancer
In a story I found to be a little more than shocking, it turns out that giving birth may not be the unpleasant, horrific sensation that I've been dreading doing again for the fourth time.
It's still unpleasant.
But surprisingly enough, giving birth 10 times may reduce your risk of cancer.
I had a hard time believing this one when I read it, but the word is out: giving birth 10 or more times doesn't make a woman crazy, but it can make a woman less at risk for cancer.
The study, an interesting one out of Finland, found that women who had given birth to 10, or even more children, might have a reduced risk of cancer. In comparing Finnish women who had given birth 10 or more times (which, I'm curious as to 1) how they were able to find that many women who had that many kids and 2) what on earth made them think of this study in the first place?) to the general population, the researchers expected to find similar cancer rates and maybe even increased complications for women who had been pregnant so many times.
But not only did the researchers find reduced cancer rates among the 10+ birth women, but the rates were significantly lower—as in 24% lower.
The disparity was due, in large part, to a reduced rate of ovarian and breast cancers—common types of cancer in women—but also commonly reduced for women who have had children. One of the study's researchers noted that one of the biggest factors in the reduced cancer rate was the fact that the 10+ women gave birth about five years earlier than their counterparts, which he stated is a “known” preventor of breast cancer.
They predict that giving birth earlier and more frequently gives cancer cells less time to grow and less fuel to grow, as estrogen levels can be reduced.
Some types of skin cancer and thyroid cancer were also found to be reduced, and for all cancers, the rate was lessened with five births and lessened even further after 10 births. Researchers are still looking into the reasons why, although there is also the sheer fact that women who are able to undergo pregnancy and birth so many times may be healthy to begin with as well.
So what do you think? Does this make you want to have 10 kids?