(BlackDoctor.org) — Black women are more likely to have two or more children and are less likely to breast-feed, putting them at greater risk of developing a difficult-to-treat type of breast cancer, according to a new study.
The study, published in the current issue of Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, found the risk for hormone receptor-negative breast cancer was 50 percent greater among women who gave birth to at least two children. The researchers noted, however, that breast-feeding reduced that risk.
“African American women are more likely to have had a greater number of full-term births and less likely to have breast-fed their babies,” Julie Palmer, professor of epidemiology at the Slone Epidemiology Center at Boston University, said in a news release from the American Association for Cancer Research. “This study shows a clear link between that and hormone receptor-negative breast cancer.”