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Breastfeeding linked to lower risk of colon cancer

An analysis of 17 past studies suggests that while breast-feeding for a period of time is displayed on a lower a woman’s risk of endometrial cancer, mothers who are breastfed for the recommended six months lowered their risk even further.

Exceeds the 6-9 month recommended period for breast-feeding seemed to have little benefit, the researchers said, but who had ever breast-fed their children were 11 percent less likely than women who had children, but had no breast to be diagnosed with colon cancer, Reuters reported.

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“Cancer of the womb more and more, and we need to try to prevent it,” lead author Susan Jordan, of the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute in Brisbane, Australia, told Reuters. “The more women know about the things they can do to reduce their risks of future diagnosis of cancer, the better.”

For the report, which was published in Obstetrics and Gynecology, researchers used data collected in the Epidemiology of Endometrial cancer Consortium, including 10 from the United States and others from Canada, China, Europe, and, chapter xi, Reuters reported. They looked at more than 26,000 women who ever had a child, whether they are breastfed, and for how long. Among the women, researchers discovered about 9,000 were diagnosed with colon cancer.

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Even after accounting for other risk factors, such as age, race, education, oral contraceptive use, menopausal status, since last year, the pregnancy and the body mass index, the proposed protective benefit of breast-feeding remained, Reuters reported.

The authorites noted that the study does not prove that breastfeeding helps protect against colon cancer, but it is plausible because estrogen stimulates the growth of the cancer is suppressed during breast-feeding.

“Although this evidence in itself may not convince women who are breastfeeding, it contributes to the overall picture of the health of the gains that can come from breast-feeding,” Jordan told Reuters.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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