Cancer Fact Friday

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Today’s fact is about breastfeeding and breast cancer.

Here’s an interpretation on a 2002 report from PubMed:

The longer women breast feed the more they are protected against breast cancer. The lack of or short lifetime duration of breastfeeding typical of women in developed countries makes a major contribution to the high incidence of breast cancer in these countries.

You may say things have changed since then but here’s more info from National Cancer Institute as of 2011:

Longer duration of breastfeeding: Breastfeeding for an extended period (at least a year) is associated with a decreased risk of both hormone receptor-positive and hormone receptor-negative breast cancer.

I found both of these to be very interesting. I understand breastfeeding is a challenge BUT maybe if there is more support and encouragement for moms to breastfeed we would have fewer incidences of breast cancer. Breastfeeding is definitely a public health issue.

Let’s continue to fight for a cure for breast cancer and take steps to prevent it as well.

Know the facts and pass it on😊!

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