World Cancer Research Fund recommends breastfeeding to reduce risk of cancer and circulatory disease
In 2007, the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) and the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) issued recommendations on diet (including breastfeeding), physical activity and weight management for cancer prevention. This study investigated whether adherence to these recommendations was related to risk of death.
Impact of breastfeeding on incidence of cancers
Several studies have found associations between breastfeeding and reduced risk of pre-menopausal breast cancer.
Landmark report recommends breastfeeding to prevent cancer
The World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) has published the most comprehensive report ever on the link between cancer and diet, physical activity and weight. One of ten recommendations is that women should aim to breastfeed their baby exclusively for six months.
Breastfeeding & breast cancer, CGHFBC 2002
A review of 47 breast cancer studies that included information on breastfeeding patterns.
Breastfeeding & breast cancer, Furberg 1999
This study found that any breastfeeding, regardless of duration or timing, is associated with a slight reduction in the risk of breast cancer among younger and older parous women.
Breastfeeding & breast cancer, Michels 1996
This study found no significant overall association relative to women who had never breastfed between a history of having breastfed and subsequent development of breast cancer
Breastfeeding & breast cancer, Newcomb 1994
This multi-centre trial in the USA included more than 14,000 pre- and post-menopausal women.
Breastfeeding & breast cancer, UKNCCSG 1993
This study of women showed that the risk of developing breast cancer before the age of 36 was negatively correlated with both the duration of breastfeeding and number of babies breastfed.
Breastfeeding & breast cancer, Layde 1989
This study showed that, as expected, age at first full-term pregnancy exerted a strong influence on the risk of breast cancer.
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