Breastfeeding it offers protection against breast cancer for any woman, even for those who have late pregnancies, ”says Giske Ursin - a professor of preventive medicine at the University of Los Angeles Medical School.
Ursin's notes appeared even when many women postponed their pregnancies until they were 30, 40 or older. The results of the research were presented at the annual meeting of the American Cancer Research Association.
Breastfeeding provides protection against both types of breast cancer
Previous research has shown that if the birth occurs before old age or if there are multiple births, you can protect yourself against hormonal cancers. However, Ursin says that breastfeeding does not protect against rare and difficult to treat tumors, which are not due to hormones.
The new study shows that women who give birth to a child after the age of 25 are twice as likely to have breast cancer than women who have never been born. Breastfeeding it protects against both types of cancer, depending on the age at which the respective woman was first pregnant, says Ursin.
The results showed that the birth of more children played a protective role among mothers who were pregnant at a young age. Even more, the birth of more children reduced the risk of breast cancer positivity in women who were breastfeeding, not in those who never breastfed.
The studies were performed with the help of 995 women with breast cancer and 1,498 healthy women. All participants in the study were at least 55 years old.
Breastfeeding helps babies
Timothy Rebbeck, a researcher at the University of Pennsylvania's Abramson Cancer Center, has insisted that breastfeeding is already recommended for the health of the newborn. Studies show that breastfed babies have a much lower risk of having asthma, infections, or other illnesses than those who feed on the bottle. Now, the new study recommends breastfeeding for the health of the mother and not just that of the baby.
April 18, 2007
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