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Natural Family Planning Greatly Reduces Breast Cancer

Sunday, October 28th, 2018

October is the month in which emphasis is placed on finding a cure for breast cancer, but not much is said about preventing it.  Natural Family Planning is a great way to reduce a woman’s chance of getting breast cancer.

To those who are informed, the most obvious way to reduce the risk of breast cancer is simple: Never take the Pill.  If a young woman takes the Pill for 4 years or more before her first full-term pregnancy, she increases her risk of breast cancer by 44%.   The World Health Organization has stated that the Pill is in a Group 1 (worst kind) carcinogen.  Every October Pink article ought to be warning against the Pill!

Breastfeeding, God’s own plan for spacing babies—especially via ecological breastfeeding, greatly reduces a mother’s risk for getting breast cancer.  The American Institute for Cancer Research states that breastfeeding, especially exclusive breastfeeding followed by extended breastfeeding, reduces the risk of maternal breast cancer. It also decreases the risk of the child getting cancer.  Why?  Because breastfeeding helps to reduce the risk of lymphoma and leukemia.

Researchers of a 2002 study involving 147,000 women said that a major contributor to the high incidence of breast cancer in the USA is that mothers do not breastfeed or breastfeed for too short a time.  “If women in developed countries had 2.5 children, on average, but breastfed each child for six months longer than they currently do, about 25,000 breast cancers would be prevented each year, and if each child were breastfed for an additional twelve months, about 50,000 breast cancers might be prevented annually.”

What needs to be said by those involved with promoting breast cancer prevention is that taking the Pill and formula-feeding are high risk factors for breast cancer. Even when breast cancer has occurred in a family relative, the woman who breastfeeds reduces her chance of getting premenopausal breast cancer by 59%! One in 8 women will develop breast cancer and almost 40,000 die from this disease every year.

With ecological breastfeeding, the presence of amenorrhea is a factor for the decreased risk of ovarian cancer as well as breast cancer.

Natural Family Planning, whether it be systematic NFP to avoid the Pill or ecological breastfeeding, needs to be widely promoted for all its health benefits, especially during the breast-cancer prevention month of October.

For more information on breast cancer prevention, read “Breast Cancer: Risks and Prevention” by Breast Cancer Prevention Institute.

Sheila Kippley
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Breast Cancer Prevention and Childbearing

Sunday, October 21st, 2018

We are halfway through “pink October”, the month in which special attention is given to breast cancer awareness, prevention and healing. Here’s something I’ll bet you haven’t seen in the big media: Childbearing lowers the risk of breast cancer.

A 2002 newspaper article I recently found by Emma Ross was titled: “Breast-feeding protects from cancer” and sub-titled “Having more childlren can also reduce chance of breast cancer.” Ross points out that childbearing was linked to breast cancer in 1743 when “an Italian researcher called the disease an occupational hazard of nuns.” My single aunt also developed breast cancer.

In July 2002, a research of 20,000 women called the Million Women Study found that the risks go down the more children you have. Non-breastfeeding mothers lowered their risk of breast cancer by 7% for every additional child they had. Breast cancer also dropped 4.3% for every year the women breastfed.

What do some organizations state about having children and breast cancer?  The National Cancer Institute said in 2016 that the risk of breast cancer declines with the number of children borne. Women who have given birth to five or more children have half the breast cancer risk of women who have not given birth. The Breast Cancer Prevention Institute said in 2007 that the age at which a woman chooses to have children also influences the breast cancer risk. Compared to a woman who gives birth at 30, a woman who has a full-term pregnancy before age 20 has only one-third the risk of breast cancer. By having children early in their reproductive life, women can greatly reduce their breast cancer risk.

Sheila Kippley