Breastfeeding May Have Protective Effect Against Triple Negative Breast Cancer

Dr. Paolo Boffetta, MD, MPH Professor, Medicine, Hematology and Medical Oncology, Oncological Services, Preventive Medicine, Associate Director, Population Sciences Tish Cancer Institute, Chief, Division of Cancer Prevention and Control Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Dr. Boffetta

MedicalResearch.com Interview with:
Dr. Paolo Boffetta, MD, MPH

Professor, Medicine, Hematology and Medical Oncology, Oncological Services, Preventive Medicine, Associate Director, Population Sciences
Tish Cancer Institute,
Chief, Division of Cancer Prevention and Control
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Medical Research: What is the background for this study?

Dr. Boffetta: Evidence of a protective effect of breastfeeding on breast cancer risk is becoming stronger; hence the need for a systematic review and meta-analysis.

Medical Research: What are the main findings?

Dr. Boffetta: Breastfeeding appears to be protective against breast cancer, in particular the most aggressive forms (hormone receptor negative and in particular ‘triple negative’).

Medical Research: What should clinicians and patients take away from your report?

Dr. Boffetta:  That breastfeeding is good for the mother in addition of being good for the child.

Medical Research: What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this study?

Dr. Boffetta: More studies are needed, which would be specifically to look at the effect of breastfeeding: most of the studies included in our review and meta-analysis considered breastfeeding together with other factors influencing breast cancer risk.

Citation:

Breastfeeding and breast cancer risk by receptor status—a systematic review and meta-analysis

Islami, Y. Liu, A. Jemal, J. Zhou, E. Weiderpass, G. Colditz, P. Boffetta, and M. Weiss

Oncol first published online October 26, 2015 doi:10.1093/annonc/mdv379

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Dr. Paolo Boffetta (2015). Breastfeeding May Have Protective Effect Against Triple Negative Breast Cancer