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Breastfeeding May Prevent Cancer

Wednesday, 29 October 2008 11:19

Mothers who breastfeed enjoy a reduced risk of breast cancer, say researchers in the International Journal of Epidemiology.

Investigators pooled data on 751 women who had breastfed and 743 control subjects who had not breastfed. The study found that women aged 20 to 49 years with a history of breastfeeding were 20% less likely to develop breast cancer, while women aged 50 to 74 years with a history of breastfeeding were 30% less likely to develop breast cancer, compared with aged-matched controls.

Furberg H, Newman B, Moorman P, Millikan R.   Lactation and breast cancer risk   Int J Epidemiol 1999 (Jun);   28 (3):   396-402