Breastfeeding may lower risk of ovarian cancer in women with BRCA mutations
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Data from a large-scale study suggests that breastfeeding may protect against ovarian cancer in women with inherited mutations in BRCA1 or BRCA2. (1/28/21)

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Expert Guidelines

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusively breastfeeding newborns for about 6 months and continuing to breastfeed while introducing other foods until the baby is at least 12 months old. These guidelines were developed for women of average risk and not specifically for women with BRCA mutations.

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) creates risk management guidelines for women who are at high risk for ovarian cancer. 

Guidelines for oophorectomy in high-risk women

The NCCN recommends risk-reducing salpingo-oophorectomy for women with BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations:

Questions To Ask Your Health Care Provider

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