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Breastfeeding May Prevent Breast Cancer

Wednesday, 29 October 2008 11:57

Breastfeeding isn't only good for babies, it may slash a mother's risk of cancer, say scientists.

According to a study in the British Journal of Cancer, which tracked 608 patients with breast cancer and 609 control subjects, mothers who breastfed their first child for more than 13 months cut their risk of breast cancer in half, compared with women who never breastfed.

Zheng T, Holford TR, Mayne ST, Owens PH, Zhang Y, Zhang B, Boyle P, Zahm SH.   Lactation and breast cancer risk: a case-control study in Connecticut Br J Cancer 2001 (Jun 1);   84 (11):   1472-1476