(Natural News) A recent analysis carried out by researchers at the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) and the World Cancer Research Fund confirmed that breastfeeding may help reduce breast cancer risk. As part of the review, the research team examined 18 studies that assessed the effects of breastfeeding on cancer risk. Thirteen of these studies looked at the correlation between the length of time spent lactating and the likelihood of breast cancer onset.
The health experts found that for every five months a woman breastfeeds, her chances of developing breast cancer drops by two percent. The research team also noted that carrying excess weight after menopause may raise the odds of breast cancer onset.However, this risk could be mitigated while women are still able to conceive, the research team added.
In addition, the scientists discovered that alcohol intake elevates the risk of breast cancer onset in both pre- and postmenopausal women. However, exercise appeared to reduce the risk in both population, the researchers said. Babies who were breastfedalso had lower odds of gaining excess weight later in life, the scientists added.Study author Alice Bender from the AICR noted that while it is not always possible for women to breastfeed, those who can should bear in mind the activity’s protective benefitsagainst the disease. (Related:Breastfeeding Significantly Lowers Breast Cancer Risk.)
The recent findings were reflective of previous studies demonstrating the beneficial effects of breastfeeding on women’s health. For instance, a study published in 2015 revealed that breastfeeding may reduce the risk of breast cancer recurrence and subsequent death by 30 percent. The researchers also noted that women who breastfed for more than six months had significantly lower odds of developing the disease.
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