Does nursing affect risk of IBC?

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Question from Memama: Do your chances for IBC go up if you have had lots of breast infections while nursing your children?
Answers - Gabriel N. Hortobagyi, M.D., F.A.C.P. I've never seen any data to suggest that is or is not true.
Thomas Buchholz I don't think a history of breast infection predisposes to inflammatory breast cancer.
Jennifer Sabol, M.D., F.A.C.S. The only data we have does show that lactation reduces your risk of developing breast cancer in general, but it's hard to take that data and apply it towards inflammatory breast cancer.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Inflammatory Breast Cancer featured Gabriel Hortobagyi, M.D., Thomas Buchholz, M.D., and moderator Jennifer Sabol, M.D. answering your questions about inflammatory breast cancer, a rare but aggressive form of breast cancer.

Editor's Note: This conference took place in October 2006.

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