How breast cancer affects fertility, pregnancy and breast-feeding

September 14, 2015

For women in their peak childbearing years, a breast cancer diagnosis and subsequent treatments can create fertility, pregnancy and breastfeeding challenges.

Breast cancer is rare among women in this age group. Fewer than 5 percent of breast cancers occur in women younger than 40, according to the nonprofit cancer advocacy group Susan G. Komen. But the childbearing repercussions can be significant.

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