Breast Feeding Can Reduce The Risk Of Breast Cancer

An aggressive form of breast cancer known as hormone-receptor negative breast cancer has been shown by recent research to be less likely to develop in women who breastfeed their children. Hormone-receptor negative breast cancers are known to be more challenging to treat due to their persistence and life-threatening symptoms. For women under the age of 50, hormone-receptor negative beast cancers are at more of a risk.

The new study into breast cancer reduction emphasizes a growing need for more public health education in this area due the fact that women and girls can greatly benefit from breastfeeding during their child-bearing years. Health care professionals who reinforce this message play an important role in bringing this knowledge to light for women everywhere.

Evidence provided by the research shows that the risk factor of developing hormone-receptor negative breast cancer is reduced by 20 percent for women who breastfeed. This is important information for women under the age of 50, who are more likely to develop this form of breast cancer. For women of African-American or Sub-Saharan African descent and women with the BRCA1 gene mutation, this risk is even higher. Further causes include obesity and multiple early pregnancies. In addition, it has been found that women who show the above traits are also less likely to breastfeed.

20 percent of all breast cancer cases in the United States are hormone-receptor negative breast cancers. This subtype of breast cancer receives its name from the fact that it shows no receptors for the hormones estrogen or progesterone, a trait that makes them extra dangerous for those unfortunate enough to contract them. One reason the danger to health is so high in these cases of breast cancer is that they are often diagnosed only after the latest stages of the disease have been reached. Furthermore, there are fewer medical treatment options available for this type of breast cancer and even the approaches that do exist have low success rate. 

This is why finding that the simple act of breastfeeding can lower the risk of developing these types of breast cancer is so important. Breastfeeding is an action that is easily carried out and doesn’t require high tech healthcare treatment or use of medication. Breastfeeding is readily available, low-cost, and provides long lasting natural defenses against breast cancer. Public education is needed to remove obstacles to breastfeeding in home and in public.

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