This week is World Breastfeeding Week. Many moms will feel pressured into breastfeeding, whilst others will feel quietly (or not so quietly) smug about the fact that they do breastfeed. Regardless of how you or your family and friends feel about breastfeeding, there are facts that just can’t be denied. One of these is the fact that breastfeeding your baby can reduce the risks of getting breast cancer and ovarian cancer in later life.
There are mixed messages about the link between breastfeeding and cancer prevention. One thing is for sure, though; there isn’t much you can do to protect yourself from breast cancer; get exercise, stay slim, limit alcohol. So if breastfeeding helps reduce breast cancer risks by just a little bit, maybe it is worth giving it a go.
The largest survey on the link between breast cancer and breastfeeding took place in 2002. Researchers analyzed 47 studies over 30 countries, covering 50,000 women with invasive breast cancers and 97,000 women who didn’t have breast cancer. The study implied that women who had breastfed were less likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer, and that the risks dropped more for women who fed their babies for longer lengths of time:
- For every 12 months of breastfeeding (with one child or as an accumulation of more than one baby), breast cancer risks were dropped by 4.3%.
- For each child that is breastfed, risks were shown to drop by 3.4%, compared to women who never breastfed.
Another 2008 study found only a very slight decrease in breast cancer risks for women who breastfed and a National cancer Institute workshop on the topic supported these findings, suggesting a small reduction in breast cancer risks for breastfeeding women in comparison to those who had never breastfed.
However, these later studies concluded that breastfeeding appears to offer greatest protection against most aggressive forms of breast cancer, including those caused by BRCA1 mutation.
Functional Oncology and Breast Cancer
At Alternative Cancer Treatment Mexico we look at the root causes of each patient’s cancer. In this way we are able to understand and remove the cellular imbalances and deficiencies that cause cancer cells to go undetected by the body’s immune system and allow cancer to grow and spread.
Patients with breast cancer who turn to Functional Oncology for treatment in the first instance have a long term survival rate of 75%. Even patients for who conventional cancer treatment has been unsuccessful have a 55% long term survival rate.
To find out more about how functional oncology can help you or a loved one to beat breast cancer naturally, contact us today.