Apparently, exclusive breast-feeding is not only good for children, but also for the mother. Researchers found that breastfeeding can reduce the risk of ovarian cancer in women up to two-thirds times more.
More than 6,000 patients in the UK were diagnosed with ovarian cancer, while five percent died from cancer, as reported by the Daily Mail.
In a recent study, researchers in Australia studied 493 women who had ovarian cancer and compared them with 472 healthy women of the same age. They were asked about the number of children and how long they breastfed their young.
Results showed that women who breastfeeds their children at least 13 months had 63 percent lower risk for developing tumors than women who breastfed their child less than seven months.
The more children you have, the greater the effect, according to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Mothers who had three children and feeding them a total of 31 months had a 91 percent lower risk of cancer.
It seems that breastfeeding can delay the process of ovulation. Researchers believe that the increase in the ovulation may increase the risk of developing a tumor cell mutants. Besides ovulation, ovarian cancer can also be caused by family history. However, this risk can be minimized by breastfeeding.
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