Preterm birth, birth weight, and subsequent risk of female breast cancer

Br J Cancer. 2003 Nov 3;89(9):1664-6. doi: 10.1038/sj.bjc.6601357.


We have previously found an increased risk of breast cancer among women born preterm. To confirm or refute the results, an enlarged study was conducted. The results from this study do not confirm the initial findings and suggest that preterm birth can be ruled out as a risk factor for breast cancer.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Birth Weight*
  • Breast Neoplasms / etiology*
  • Cohort Studies
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Middle Aged
  • Obstetric Labor, Premature / complications*
  • Pregnancy
  • Risk Factors*