Meghane, could you provide a link?

laurief_gwOctober 31, 2009


I remember a year or two ago you referenced a study that concluded that every heat cycle experienced by an intact female increases the chances of that animal contracting mammary cancer later in life. At least that's what I *think* I remember. If available (and if my memory hasn't completely distorted this), would you please provide a link to that study or provide the source of the study? It's something I'd like to have handy to pass along to folks who are waivering on the "should I, shouldn't I have my animal spayed" debate.



Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
You can use any search engine to find more information, the web is loaded with links regarding this subject

    Bookmark   October 31, 2009 at 10:36PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Actually I remember it from my class and I did have a link at one time but have since lost it. The stats are forever engraved in my brain though, since we were tested on them:

Spay before first heat cycle gets you less than 0.1% of breast cancer later in life.
Spay after first heat cycle, risk goes to 12%.
Spay after second heat cycle, risk goes to 25%.

This has only been figured in dogs as far as I know. But the short story is spaying after 2nd heat cycle increases risk of breast cancer over 250 times vs spaying before first heat cycle.

    Bookmark   October 31, 2009 at 11:14PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Daing, those are some nasty odds.

    Bookmark   November 1, 2009 at 8:05PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Cat much less active than a few months ago
Hi, I was wondering if anyone has experienced what...
Dog training human.....
I am an intermittent dog trainer. I worked hard at...
Advice on trapping a stray cat
My husband and I have been feeding a lone stray cat...
Hyperthroid Cat Ear Gel - Handling Precautions?
Anybody used this? Did you follow the handling instructions...
Last night I was frantically searching through messages...
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™