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 the odds of developing breast cancer. 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... exercise appeared to reduce the risk in both population, the researchers said. Babies who were breastfed also 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 benefits against the disease.
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