Pregnancy and breastfeeding 'can reduce ovarian cancer risk'

15 March 2012

Women could reduce the chance of having to undertake treatment for ovarian cancer if they go through the experience of giving birth.

This is according to Robert Marsh, the chief executive of The Eve Appeal, who pointed out that there is evidence of a link between pregnancy and cutting the risk of this form of disease.

Furthermore, the expert acknowledged that breastfeeding and regularly using the contraceptive pill can boost the health of a woman, "as these are factors which interrupt ovulation".

Mr Marsh underlined: "Women who have given birth have a lower risk of developing ovarian cancer than women who have not."

He went on to advise that women who are deemed obese, especially premenopausal females, could be increasing their chances of suffering from ovarian cancer later in life.

Symptoms of ovarian cancer include persistent stomach pains, feeling bloated constantly and finding it difficult to eat or feeling full quickly when having a snack.

Posted by Edward Bartel


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