Reports highlight the lack – and cancer protective benefits – of breastfeeding

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Only 40 percent of babies meet the global recommendations for breastfeeding, according to a report released today to mark the start of World Breastfeeding Week.

As the analysis points out, there are many health benefits for breastfeeding – including cancer protection. AICR’s latest report found that breastfeeding lower the risk of breast cancer for mothers. Previous research suggests that babies who are breastfed are less likely to gain excess weight as they grow. Among adults, overweight and obesity increases the risk of 11 common cancers, including colorectal, ovarian and post-menopausal breast. Read more… “Reports highlight the lack – and cancer protective benefits – of breastfeeding”

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    Alcohol and diabetes study. How that connects to cancer risk.

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    For lower cancer risk, AICR recommends not to drink alcohol. Its ethanol is a recognized carcinogen and our latest report found that even moderate amounts increase the risk of breast cancer. Yet whether drinking moderate amounts of alcohol has some health benefits is an ongoing area of research.

    Now a study suggests that light to moderate drinking can lower the risk of diabetes. The study was published in Diabetologia. Read more… “Alcohol and diabetes study. How that connects to cancer risk.”

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      One-third of Americans with prediabetes, new report. That also means higher risk for cancer.

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      More than a third of American adults are now living with prediabetes – with the majority unaware they have the condition – according to a new government report that can offer fresh motivation for millions to not only lower their risk of developing diabetes, but also of cancer.

      Along with a host of serious complications, having type 2 diabetes increases the risk of many cancers. Adults with diabetes have about twice the risk of developing cancers of the liver, pancreas and endometrium. There’s a clear but smaller increase in risk for colon and post-menopausal breast cancers.

      The two diseases – diabetes and cancer – share several key risk factors, including obesity and lack of physical activity. Read more… “One-third of Americans with prediabetes, new report. That also means higher risk for cancer.”

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