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CDC: breastfeeding reduces risk of aggressive breast cancers in African-American women

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and new studies have shown that African-American women who breast-feed may be able to decrease their risk of developing aggressive forms of breast cancer. The study was led by researchers at Rosewell Park Cancer Institute, Boston University’s Slone Epidemiology Center and the University of North Carolina Lineberger Cancer Center.

Through research, estrogen receptor-negative and triple-negative breast cancer are the most common aggressive forms most African-American women are faced with. Earlier studies have shown a connection between the number of births and increased risk of ER-negative tumors in women and that nursing reduces these risks.

According to the Cancer Network, researchers found that women who gave birth had a 33 percent higher risk of ER-negative and 37 percent risk of triple negative breast cancer than those who did not. Women who breast-fed had overall had a lower chance of developing both types of cancers than those who decide to opt out.

Authors of the online study in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute suggest that triple-negative breast cancer can be lowered by almost two-thirds if they were to nurse at a similar rate of non-Hispanic white women.

One Response to “CDC: breastfeeding reduces risk of aggressive breast cancers in African-American women”
  1. Karie says:

    Oh Caroline!You are so wonderful in so many ways. I miss your way with my kdoids when you took their photos. No one captures them as you did.I appreciate you sharing this. My beloved friend Jamie (since Jr. High) is battling triple marker. It seems at every turn it’s bad news good news and back round again but man that girl is LIVING life!You have lit a fire under me and reminded me to appreciate everything I have and to live it up in all ways possible.May I share this link on my page so others might be inspired?Fondly,Robyn Sanchez

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