Does breastfeeding stop you from getting breast cancer? Breastfeeding. Studies have shown women who breastfeed are statistically less likely to develop breast cancer than those who do not. The reasons are not fully understood, but it could be because women do not ovulate as regularly while they’re breastfeeding and oestrogen levels remain stable.
How much does breastfeeding reduce risk of breast cancer? In a study by the Collaborative Group on Hormonal Factors in Breast Cancer, researchers found that for every 12 months a woman breastfed, her risk of breast cancer decreased by 4.3%. The study compared mothers who breastfed to those who didn’t.
Which breast is more prone to cancer? Fact 6: Breast cancer is more common in the left breast than the right. The left breast is 5 – 10% more likely to develop cancer than the right breast. The left side of the body is also roughly 5% more prone to melanoma (a type of skin cancer).
How common is breast cancer breastfeeding? Breast cancer in lactating women is rare. Only about 3 percent of women develop breast cancer while breastfeeding.