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Abstract

Research indicates breastfeeding can reduce the risk of breast cancer in women. Black and Hispanic women are more likely to die from breast cancer than non-Hispanic white women and are least likely to breastfeed. The current study was designed to evaluate women’s knowledge of the link between breastfeeding and decreased breast cancer risk among a racially diverse cohort of pregnant women. Pregnant women 18 and older (N = 89; 48.4% black; 28% Hispanic) were recruited during a prenatal visit to complete a survey. Women indicated limited understanding of the association between breastfeeding and breast cancer risk reduction; less than 40% of black and white women indicated knowledge, while 64.7% of Hispanic women were aware of the association. These findings underscore the need for interventions to educate women about the protective benefits of breastfeeding as a strategy to reduce their breast cancer incidence and mortality.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1193-1196
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Cancer Education
Volume35
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2020

Keywords

  • African American women
  • Black women
  • Breast cancer prevention
  • Breast cancer risk
  • Breastfeeding
  • Health disparities

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