As researchers and medical professionals continue to study breast cancer, a new study discovered a link between breastfeeding and the risk of developing aggressive breast cancer.
According to a joint study by the American Cancer Society, Breastcancer.org, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and Washington University in St. Louis, breastfeeding is linked to a 20 percent lower likelihood of breast cancer in its aggressive form. “Further evidence to support the long-term protection of breastfeeding against the most aggressive subtypes of breast cancer is very encouraging and actionable,” said Breastcancer.org president and founder Dr. Marisa Weiss in a news release.
Although the study proponents believe that further research is needed to confirm the positive effect of breastfeeding on breast cancer, several benefits can already support the promising results of breastfeeding. “Breastfeeding is a relatively accessible, low-cost, short-term strategy that yields long-lasting natural protection,” said Weiss. Besides, breastfeeding is the best nutritional source for child development.
Researchers hope that the study will push women to engage in breastfeeding for their babies. “We need to encourage women who are able to breastfeed to do so for their breast health, in addition to the health of their children,” said Dr. Paolo Boffetta of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
The study and its details were published in the Annals of Oncology.