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Breastfeeding and family history of the disease

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A woman with a family history of Breast Cancer might lower her own risk for the disease if she breastfeeds her children.  University of North Carolina researchers reviewed data on about 60,000 women.

For women who had family members with breast cancer, nursing led to a 59% decreased risk for developing Pre-Menopausal Breast Cancer themselves.  That's similar to taking the cancer drug Tamoxifen for 5 years.
 
Researchers say it didn't matter how long women breastfed -- 3 months or 3 years yielded the same results.

Interestingly, doctors said that protective effect did not apply to women without a family history of Breast Cancer. 

This study is from the release: Researchers "reviewed data from the Nurses' Health Study II, a long-term study of more than 100,000 women from 14 states. Stuebe's study followed more than 60,000 who reported at least one pregnancy in 1997, when breastfeeding was assessed in detail, and followed them through 2005 to determine how many developed invasive breast cancer."
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