Breastfeeding Reduces Hereditary Breast Cancer Risk

breastfeedingRecent reports suggest that women with family history of breast cancer can reduce their risk of developing the disease before menopause through breastfeeding a child.

It was found that many women around the world develop breast cancer than any other malignancy and the most common risk factors include family history, early beginning of menstruation, not having children or late pregnancy.

Alison M. Stuebe, M.D., M.Sc., then of Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, and now of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and colleagues used information from 60,075 women who had given birth and who participated in the Nurses’ Health Study between 1997 and 2005.

Each woman completed a detailed questionnaire on demographic characteristics, body measurements and lifestyle factors, with follow-up questionnaires every two years.

Read full report on JAMA/Archives journals