Breastfeeding reduces ovarian cancer risk

Women who breastfeed their babies have significantly reduced rates of ovarian cancer, according to a new study.

The study of over 900 women in China demonstrated that breastfeeding for 20 months would decrease the risk of ovarian cancer by 50%, and that 20 months could be spread over a number of children.

Ovulation increases the risk of cell mutation which can cause ovarian cancer, and breastfeeding often delays ovulation.

Scientists recommended that mothers breastfeed for 12 months or longer to gain substantial protective effects.

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