‘Risk of cervical cancer reduces by breastfeeding’

‘Risk of cervical cancer reduces by breastfeeding’

Women who breastfeed their babies, would be less likely to have cervical cancer. They were 11 percent less likely to the disease than women who did have children, but not breastfeeding.

According to research from The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. The research consists of a meta-analysis of 17 previous studies, which 8.981 women with cervical cancer were examined. The control group consisted of 17.241 women.

Longer breastfeeding would increase the likelihood of cervical cancer even further reduce. The most favourable is to a breastfeeding period of six to nine months, say the researchers.

According to the RIVM get annually about six hundred women in the Netherlands cervical cancer. Approximately two hundred women per year die of the disease.


“The more women know how to reduce the risk of future kankerdiagnoses can reduce, the better”, says lead researcher Susan Jordan know in a comment to Reuters.

The research does not prove that breastfeeding helps protect against cervical cancer, but according to the authors, it is plausible. This is because the growth of the cancer cells in the uterus is stimulated by the hormone estrogen, which is suppressed during breast-feeding.

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