Medical Spotlight: Breastfeeding and Breast Cancer
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, and there are only a limited number of things women can do to reduce their risk of developing it.
A Spanish study published in the Journal of Clinical Nursing shows breastfeeding can help protect against breast cancer. We spoke with Dr. Ashley Walsh, an OBGYN with Gainesville OB-GYN who also works at the Women's Center of North Florida Regional.
In this latest study, women who breastfed their babies were found to get breast cancer on average 10 years later than those who did not breastfeed. Dr. Walsh says there's no definitive link between breast cancer and breastfeeding, and more studies that focus on a larger population of women could provide better answers.
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