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Breasfeeding 'protects women'

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Breastfeeding offsets the risk of invasive breast cancer for women who had their first full-term pregnancy after the age of 25, suggest US researchers.

Breastfeeding offsets the risk of invasive breast cancer for women who had their first full-term pregnancy after the age of 25, suggest US researchers.

Study findings were presented last week at a conference of the American Association for Cancer Research in Los Angeles. Researchers analysed data on 995 cancer patients aged over 55.

Lead author Giske Ursin, from the University of Southern California, said: 'As more women may choose to delay pregnancy until after 25, it is important to note that breastfeeding provides protection against both estrogen and progesterone receptor positive and negative tumors.'

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