Can breast-feeding reduce the risk of breast cancer?

Can breast-feeding reduce the risk of breast cancer?

We know that breast-feeding offers many healthful benefits to babies. However, in a new report by the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) and the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF), on breast cancer shows that there is strong evidence that breast-feeding can reduce women’s risk of premenopausal and postmenopausal breast cancers.

According to the report there could be several reason why breast-feeding lowers breast cancer risk such as – after lactation, the breast sheds a lot of tissue during which it may also get rid of cells with damaged DNA, which can give rise to cancer.

Source: www.aicr.org/continuous-update-project/reports/breast-cancer-report-2017.pdf

2 Comments

  • Susan Posted September 6, 2017 1:46 pm

    15yr breast cancer survivor. I gave birth to 3 children. First child was at age 36, second child at age 38, third child at age 40. I breast fed all three children for 6 to 8 months. I asked my oncologist if having children later in life or breast feeding had anything to do with my breast cancer at age 51. I hadn’t started menopause yet. My oncologist told me that if anything, the pregnancies and nursing had postponed my occurrence of breast cancer. My breast tumor was estrogen positive and I had to undergo chemically induced menopause, also take tamoxifen for 6yrs, chemotherapy, radiation and surgery. I had regular scheduled mammograms. My breast cancer surgeon told me that my breast cancer was caused by exposure to something toxic in my puberty years that damaged my DNA.

    • Pretty Mommies Posted September 6, 2017 1:52 pm

      Thank you for your comment Susan. Wishing you all the best.

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