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October 20, 2016

#FeedToDefeat: Fight Breast Cancer with Breastfeeding

The health care burden related to breast cancer in India has been steadily mounting. Over 100,000 new breast cancer patients are estimated to be diagnosed annually in India. As per the ICMR-PBCR data, breast cancer is the commonest cancer among women in urban registries of Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Calcutta and Trivandrum where it constitutes more than 30% of all cancers in females. In the rural areas, breast cancer is the second most common cancer in women after cervical cancer.

In the recent past, scientists have been able to discover a direct relationship between breastfeeding and breast cancer. Breastfeeding is not only beneficial for the child but also the mother as it greatly reduces the risk of developing ovarian cancer and a type of breast cancer, especially among young women, which has poor prognosis. In the opinion of a study carried out at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, breastfeeding has been found to minimize the danger of estrogen receptor-negative and progesterone receptor-negative breast cancer. The longer a women breast feeds, lower her chances of being a victim to cancer and circulatory diseases.

Breast milk is your baby’s first and best immunisation. Six months of exclusive breast feeding and thereafter as long as the mother desires helps fight diseases like allergies, asthma, necrotising enterocolitis and many other infections thereby providing lifelong medical insurance cover for your child.

Ms. Victoria Kumar

Ms. Victoria Kumar is a moderator. IYCF, BPNI, Education Manager on Breastfeeding, Medela India. She is a Post Graduate M.Sc. in obstetrics and gynaecological nursing.

Dr. Sidharth Sahni

Senior Consultant Breast and Oncoplastic Surgeon at Apollo Indraprastha Hospital, New Delhi. Board of Directors of the European and Asian Society for Mastology (EURAMA).Editorial board of eCancer Medical Journal. Lead consultant for breast services at the Artemis Health Institute in Gurgaon (2007-2020) & Head of Department Breast Surgery at Dr B L Kapur Memorial Hospital, New Delhi (2010-2014).He is an MBBS, MRCS, CST by qualification.

Ms. Priya Chadha

Priya Chadha is an ex hotelier by profession and is a mother of two sons. As a breast cancer survivor, the promotion of awareness for breast cancer is a cause, very close to her heart.

Dr. Ruchika Nagrath

She is Doctor and a certified Lamaze practitioner. She share’s and teaches what to expect during childbirth - labour, how to cope with pain - An endeavour initiated by Lamaze USA to give women the support structure and confidence to give birth the natural way.