Study: Breastfeeding Reduces Breast Cancer Risk

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A new study shows breastfeeding helps protect women against breast cancer.

Breast cancer is one of the top 10 killers of American women.

The study shows women who had a mother, sister, or other close relatives with breast cancer had a 59 percent lower risk of developing the disease if they breastfed.

That's about the same risk reduction as if a woman took the potent hormone therapy drug Tamoxifen to prevent breast cancer.

If a woman can't nurse her baby, the study shows that taking medication to suppress production of breast milk can lower her breast cancer risk by 42 percent.

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