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AVOIDING BREAST CANCER

ANCHOR LEAD: WOMEN CAN EMPLOY LOTS OF STRATEGIES TO REDUCE THEIR RISK OF BREAST CANCER, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

Women can best reduce their risk of breast cancer with a multifactorial approach, a meta-analysis from the American Institute for Cancer Research concludes.  Ben Park, a breast cancer expert at Johns Hopkins, says one factor that’s emerging strongly is the benefit of breastfeeding.

PARK:  I think that that is one of the points that is being driven home with some more data like this and others going around the world, that breastfeeding is not only beneficial for the developing baby but also potentially has protective effects against breast cancer in women who do breastfeed for a certain amount of time.  And I think a lot of that was based off a number of ideas, hormone changes probably being the number one thing in particular but even this idea of kind of cleansing the ducts of cells with potentially DNA damage in them.                  :27

Park says one of the things the analysis emphasizes is how many of these factors for reducing breast cancer risk involve choices women can make, not innate issues like mutations in DNA.  At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.


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