Link between reproductive history and cancer

August 25, 2008 7:50:43 PM PDT
New medical research suggests a woman's reproductive history plays a role in the development of breast cancer.

Doctors studies more than 2,000 women with and without breast cancer. They found the women who breast-fed their babies for at least six months had a 50 percent lower risk for the most deadly form of the disease.

The study found other factors, like when a woman first started her period, to when a woman begins menopause, may also play a role.

It is hoped the study leads to improved screening, diagnosis and treatments.