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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    Recommendation for Kids with Obesity, 26+ Hours of Lifestyle Intervention

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    At that regular doctors appointment, it’s important that kids get screened for obesity and if they are diagnosed, an intense healthy lifestyle intervention can help. The new recommendations from The US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), published in JAMA, emphasize the importance of weight management throughout life.

    Approximately 17 percent of children and teenagers in the United States are obese, and almost a third are overweight. Kids with too much body fat stand a greater chance of growing into adults with overweight and obesity, and that means higher risk of many diseases, including cancers. Read more… “Recommendation for Kids with Obesity, 26+ Hours of Lifestyle Intervention”

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      AICR Opposes Alarming Cuts to Funding, Prevention Programs in Federal Budget

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      The American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) strongly opposes the cuts to research and other programs that are working to help millions of Americans prevent and survive cancer. President Trump’s Fiscal Year 2018 budget, released to the public this week, slashes numerous programs that will affect Americans both diagnosed with cancer and survivors with long-term side effects or still on treatment.

      Among the alarming cuts to funding are:

      – The National Institutes of Health would be slashed by almost 6 billion dollars. The NIH is the world’s leading biomedical research facility and supports scientists from institutions across the country. Studies conducted by these scientists are part of AICR’s global analysis of the research on cancer prevention. The National Cancer Institute (NCI) is part of the Read more… “AICR Opposes Alarming Cuts to Funding, Prevention Programs in Federal Budget”

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