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Breast feeding reduces risk of breast cancer, says study

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.325.7357.184/c (Published 27 July 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:184
  1. Isabel Woodman
  1. London

    Breast feeding can significantly reduce the risk of breast cancer, according to a study by Cancer Research UK. The increase in the disease in developed countries is due to women having fewer children and breast feeding for shorter periods of time, the study says.

    The research is a detailed analysis of 47 published studies, with nearly 150 000 participants, from 30 countries.

    Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the United Kingdom, with more than 39 000 cases a …

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