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Breast feeding reduces risk of breast cancer recurrence, study finds

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 30 April 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h2325
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. 1London

Women treated for breast cancer who previously breast fed their babies have a 30% lower risk of recurrence than those who did not, a US study has shown. Breast feeding for six months or more was associated with even greater protection from tumour recurrence.

The study, reported in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, analysed information on 1636 women with breast cancer from two prospective breast cancer cohorts. …

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