Question to FF's re: breast cancer

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Registered: 04-02-2003
Question to FF's re: breast cancer
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Sun, 11-09-2003 - 10:31pm
I'm sure this issue has come up before. Sorry if I'm rehashing...

There is a considerable amount of research to suggest that breastfeeding lowers a woman's risk of developing breast cancer. (There is even some evidence to suggest that women who were breastfed have a decreased chance, albeit slight, of deveoping breast cancer.)

Knowing this, if breast cancer was prevelant among women in your family, would you BF vs. FF? If not, why?



BTW, if you aren't familar with the research, do a google search "breast feeding + breast cancer" there are a number of links.

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Mon, 11-10-2003 - 9:45pm
Well, I BF anyhow...so it doesn't quite apply to me. One reason is the BRcancer stuff, and other health benefits, but that's not the only reason.

But if I had BR cancer in my family...you betcha I'd make a MUCH bigger effort if I had to, to make it work, than having not one case in my close family.

Fio.

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Registered: 04-02-2003
Tue, 11-11-2003 - 9:07am
Thanks for your reply...would love to here from a FF...where are they???????
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Registered: 03-25-2003
Tue, 11-11-2003 - 9:17am

HERE!!


~christine~

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Tue, 11-11-2003 - 9:20am
"If say something came out that said bfing would drop your rate of breastcancer by 40%....well, then I'd be freaking out:) But, they don't."

Which studies are you thinking of? I thought BF cut cancer rates by 50%!!

Fio.

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Registered: 03-25-2003
Tue, 11-11-2003 - 9:25am

OK, here's my understanding.....


If I had a 100% chance of getting breast cancer and bfing would have cut my rate down by 50%....well, I would be kicking myself in the butt.


~christine~

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Registered: 03-25-2003
Tue, 11-11-2003 - 9:29am

Huh?


The medical community has only ever said that bf'ing *might* reduce breast cancer.

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Tue, 11-11-2003 - 9:31am
"OK, here's my understanding.....

If I had a 100% chance of getting breast cancer and bfing would have cut my rate down by 50%....well, I would be kicking myself in the butt. But, it doesn't. It drops your *risk* down by whatever percentage."

I think that is 50%...but yeah, if your risk is low, it stays low. ;-)

"Also.....how long do you have to bf anyway?? Is 6 months long enough?? And if it continues to drop your chances.....is like a percentage for every 6 months?? "

I'm not sure how long to get how much benefit. I know that just being pg lowers it, and I assume it drops more and more the longer you BF...

"You know.....eating leafy greens at every meal drops your cancer rate as well....there are studies that suggest such a thing."

Yup. and we try and eat them. But I guess this is where believing that NOT BF CONTRIBUTES to higher cancer rates helps convince one. ;-) If I came across something that was a good peer-based referenced study of a large group that indicated that eating Doritos more than once a year contributed in a fairly major way to Whatever health concern, you bet your bottom dollar I'd never touch another Dorito in my life. ;-)

Fio.

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Registered: 03-25-2003
Tue, 11-11-2003 - 9:38am
Not doritoes per say...but it has been proven that the best

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Registered: 03-25-2003
Tue, 11-11-2003 - 9:41am

Hang on a minute.


~christine~

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Tue, 11-11-2003 - 9:43am
Yes. And I think that some small things in moderation are not harmful. My problem lies in using a product that is the sole source of nutrition for a young baby, when there is a better product available.

Fio.

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