Have you reduced your risk?

Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010
Have you reduced your risk?
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Fri, 01-20-2012 - 12:12am

This is going round Facebook right now with my friends, and I thought we could try it here as well.

My mom is a 26y survivor of breast cancer, but the cancer has come back and she is currently undergoing chemo, so this is important to me!

Thanks goes to Jennifer, I saw her status first!

No need for games and riddles, let's raise awareness by talking about something that will actually make a difference in the fight against breast cancer.

I reduced my risk of breast, uterine, and ovarian cancer by breastfeeding three sons for a combined total of 115 months! I'm raising awareness by posting this.

If I had a daughter it would have reduced my daughter's risk of breast cancer at the same time.

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-28-2011
Fri, 01-20-2012 - 7:49am
I reduced my risk of breast, uterine, and ovarian cancer by breastfeeding one daughter for nine and a half months! I'm raising awareness by posting this.

I actually didn't know I helped reduce her risk of breast cancer too. I technically EPd for 11 weeks so maybe it's just seven months but it's still good and we are still going strong!
Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010
Fri, 01-20-2012 - 9:30am

Wonderful! I think the important thing is a functioning breast and whether you are BFing on tap or pumping into a bottle, your breasts were producing milk. So it all counts!

iVillage Member
Registered: 02-16-2008
Fri, 01-20-2012 - 9:37am
I reduced my risk of breast, uterine, and ovarian cancer by breastfeeding my son for 16 months (and counting)! I'm raising awareness by posting this.
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Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010
Fri, 01-20-2012 - 9:39am

Breastfeeding Helps Prevent Breast Cancer, Lowers Your Risk

A study of Chinese women found that their breast cancer incidence dropped by 63% when they breastfed for six years. Though that tends to be longer than most choose to do so, your reduced risk can be determined by the cumulative amount of time you've spent breastfeeding over the course of your life. For example, if you had three babies and nursed each for six months, your cumulative breastfeeding time of one and a half years would serve to reduce your risk of developing breast cancer.

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Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010
Fri, 01-20-2012 - 9:43am

Wonderful! Thanks Liz - I didn't add the "and counting" part for myself because my sons are all long ago weaned of course - but thanks for adding it so others can think to add it to theirs as well!

Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010
Fri, 01-20-2012 - 9:47am

I was just thinking... Not only did I BF my sons full-term, I also encouraged and supported my two sisters to BF their children for 2+ years each. Helping to lower their risk and their daughters' as well!

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-13-2008
Sat, 01-21-2012 - 3:35am

The reductions in risk that you quoted are quite a bit aren't they. And it would really add up. Even in modern families fo one or two children, this information needs a lot more publicity, so that women can make a choice. I would think that especially for women with a family history, they may well choose to breastfeed each child for longer if they knew how much the risk was reduced.

Teresa

iVillage Member
Registered: 12-22-2007
Sun, 01-22-2012 - 1:40am

I was unable to BF my disabled son and my daughter only fed for three months before she refused to feed further.

Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010
Sun, 01-22-2012 - 10:34am

Even the 3 months count! At least one of the articles I posted said that any amount of BFing lowered your risk. It's about having functioning breasts.

But it's true, we are exposed to so much nowadays, you never know what is going to get you. With the amount of cancer in my family, two of my mothers sisters have died of cancer and both my mom and her remaining sister have cancer, my grandfather (my mom's father) died of lung cancer, my male cousin died of breast cancer - I think all my years of BFing might just put me back to a 40% chance of getting cancer, thanks to my genetics!

There are no guarantees in life - all we can do is try to lower our risk in whatever way we are able - an organic diet, a chemical-free home, a low-stress lifestyle, living in an area of low pollution, breastfeeding, plenty of exercise, etc...

Few of us can do everything, so we focus on what we can do.

Wait! There is one guarantee in life. No matter how you live, no matter what your choices... in the end we are all going to die.