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Is breast feeding linked to reducing cancer risk?

Breast feeding may offset the higher risk of breast cancer linked to pregnancy.

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There are multiple benefits of breast feeding for the babies but do the mother also have any of benefits of the breast feeding act?

We all know that breast feeding is highly beneficial for the babies as it stronger their immune system and reduced the risk of numerous health problems. But does the breast feeding also protect the women against the deadly disease — cancer?

Is breast feeding linked to reducing cancer risk?

In the pre- and post-menopausal women, nursing is associated with lower the risk of breast cancer which is the second most cancer in the women. According to the director of the University of Colorado Cancer Center’s breast cancer program for young women, Virginia Borges, “it gets complicated from here.”

Nursing an infant changes the breast’s structure. Even after the end of breast feeding, milk-delivery’s microscopic changes protect the breast from the precancerous cells, said Borges. This effect is more common in the women who have involved in nursing a baby for the longer period as compared to the other women.

The women who delivered a child for the very first time are more likely to develop the breast cancer. But according to Borges, this is not a piece of a cake. Borges said, “I would never want a woman to decide to not have a child because of anything related to breast cancer.”

Breast feeding may offset the higher risk of breast cancer linked to pregnancy. The new research shows, the women who have breast-fed can reduce the risk of some aggressive type of breast cancer by more than 20 percent relative to the women who don’t involve in nursing a baby.

However, the researchers found that one group of women does not face the similar effects — African American women. The research shows that white women developed breast cancer more often after the menopause as compared the African American.

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