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breast feeding and breast cancer risk

A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Umbereen Nehal
21 years experience Pediatrics
Depends on treatment: The answer depends on the extent of cancer and the kind of treatment -- so it is best is to discuss your individual case with your physician. It depen ... Read More

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Dr. David Serlin
21 years experience Family Medicine
The : The short answer is yes, for both mom and baby girls. How much does it reduce the risk is more debatable. It also reduces the risk of ovarian and po ... Read More
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Dr. Uma Swamy
Dr. Uma Swamy answered
16 years experience Radiation Oncology
It Can: It can.
Dr. Travis Kidner
17 years experience Surgical Oncology
Yes: Yep and the number of pregnancy does as well.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
22 years experience Medical Oncology
Theoretical: No one knows for sure. One theory is that breast feeding makes the cells in the breast do what they are meant to do-- make breast milk. Cancers ofte ... Read More
Dr. Reza Shirazi
20 years experience Radiation Oncology
Lowers Estrogen: Estrogen fuels majority of breast cancers. Breast feeding lowers estrogen exposure and can reduce risk of breast cancer.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Schneider
27 years experience General Surgery
Several theories.: We don't currently know "exactly" how. Breast feeding for six months and longer seems to make a difference. One theory is that milk production keeps ... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Rimmer
39 years experience General Surgery
Hormonal changes: Breast feeding has been shown to be a factor that is associated with a lower risk of breast cancer the cause if this effect is most likely hormonal as ... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
49 years experience Pathology
Sort of: It is not a straight forward relationship. Having children and breast feeding are beneficial but do not provide immunity from breast cancer. Please co ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Rosen
34 years experience General Surgery
No: In fact, one may even be able to breastfeed from the affected side following a lumpectomy, although this is significantly diminished following radiati ... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Oscar Novick
58 years experience Pediatrics
Breast Lump: Cancer is very unlikely. You may have a blocked milk duct. Consult your doctor for help.
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Solhjem
21 years experience Radiation Oncology
Breast Cancer.: Breast cancer, even in both breasts, can be cured. It is difficult to give survival information without knowing stage and more details. But, this ca ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Rosen
34 years experience General Surgery
Healthy Lifestyle: The best things you can do include avoiding estrogen-progesterone pills, smoking, and radiation exposure. Exercise, a healthy diet, and avoidance of ... Read More
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