Women who are concerned about breast cancer may want to think twice before taking a drink. According to a report published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, women who consume even moderate amounts of alcohol place themselves at risk for developing breast cancer.
Researchers from the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard University and the University of Massachusetts, evaluated the relationship between breast cancer and the frequency, age and the amount of alcohol that a woman consumes during her adult life.
In order to do this, they followed 105, 906 women who volunteered for the Nurses' Health Study (NHS). During 1980 and 2008, the participants were given an early alcohol assessment and 8 updated alcohol assessments.
All It Takes Is A Few Drinks Per Week To Raise A Woman's Breast Cancer Risk
During the course of the study, 7690 women were diagnosed with invasive breast cancer. It turned out that women who consumed as few as 3 to 6 drinks per week elevated their chances of developing breast cancer. Moreover, binge drinking as well as alcohol consumption in early and later adulthood were associated with increased breast cancer risk.
Wendy Y. Chen, of Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School and her colleagues concluded that consumption of alcohol during the course of a woman's life would produce a cumulative effect increasing her breast cancer risk.
People often celebrate the New Year with alcohol. Alcohol has many adverse effects on the human body including impaired judgement, liver damage and research shows it's linked to breast cancer. So, before you take your next drink, perhaps you should ask yourself: "Is this really worth the risk?"
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Chen, W., Rosner, B., Hankinson, S., Colditz, G., & Willett, W. (2011). Moderate Alcohol Consumption During Adult Life, Drinking Patterns, and Breast Cancer Risk JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association, 306 (17), 1884-1890 DOI: 10.1001/jama.2011.1590
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