Is It True That Being Pregnant At The Age Of 21-24 Can Cause Cancer?
Assalaamualaikum doctor. I want to ask. Is it dangerous to be pregnant at the age of 21-24? Is it true that pregnancy and childbirth at the age of u0026lt; 25 years can cause the growth of uterine cancer or cervical cancer? Thanks before
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There are no specific studies showing that being pregnant at the age of 21 to 24 years can increase the risk of developing cancer, including uterine cancer and cervical cancer.
Uterine cancer, also known as endometrial cancer, occurs when cells in the inner lining of the uterus (to be precise, the endometrial lining) grow abnormally, excessively and uncontrollably. This condition can cause sufferers to experience abnormal vaginal bleeding, such as post-menopausal bleeding and bleeding between menstrual cycles. Uterine cancer also often causes profuse and abnormal vaginal discharge and pelvic pain which is quite disturbing. This cancer is more at risk in women with the following conditions:
Experiencing an imbalance of the hormones estrogen and progesterone, such as women who are on estrogen therapy, or women who suffer from polycystic ovary syndrome, obesity, and diabetes
Experiencing very long menstrual periods, namely menarche (first menstruation) at a young age (less than 12 years) or menopause at an advanced age
Never been pregnant
Old age, or have menopause
Undergo hormonal therapy for breast cancer
Have HNPCC (hereditary nonpolyposis colorectal cancer)
Meanwhile, cervical cancer is a malignant tumor that attacks cells in the cervix. Symptoms of cervical cancer are often lopsided by uterine cancer. The difference is, the emergence of this cancer is caused more by infection with the HPV virus (Human Papillloma Virus), and also a combination of environmental and lifestyle factors. This cancer is more prone to occur in women who frequently change sexual partners, women who have sex for the first time at a young age, suffer from sexually transmitted infections, experience immune system weakness, and also smoke.
Women who have sex at a young age, including those who are married and pregnant at a young age, have a higher incidence of cervical cancer. However, so far the link between these two things is only limited to epidemiological data. There have not been enough further studies examining whether there is a specific mechanism that increases the risk of cervical cancer in women with this condition. Therefore, you should not worry too much.
In order to prevent the risk of developing uterine cancer and cervical cancer, you should do the following tips:
Get an anti-HPV vaccine
Get regular pap smears
Practice safe and responsible sex
Do not smoke
Avoid taking hormonal drugs carelessly (including birth control pills)
Maintain ideal body weight
Get plenty of exercise
Maintain a healthy diet, rich in antioxidants
That's all for our explanation. For more details, please consult directly with an obstetrician.
I hope this helps.
dr. Nadia Nurotul Fuadah