Thursday, September 27, 2007

Alcohol Increases Breast Cancer Risk

Whether you drink wine, beer or spirits, your risk of breast cancer increases with alcohol intake. The type of alcohol you consume seems to make no difference, it is the quantity consumed.
These are the results of a study of over 70,000 multi-ethnic women and their drinking habits. According to Dr Arthur Klatsky, speaking at the European Cancer Conference in Barcelona, drinking more than 3 alcohol drinks per day amounted to a 30% increased risk of developing breast cancer.

“A 30% increased risk is not trivial. To put it into context, it is not much different from the increased risk associated with women taking oestrogenic hormones. Incidentally, in this same study we have found that smoking a pack of cigarettes or more per day is related to a similar (30%) increased risk of breast cancer.”

Dr Klatsky is adjunct investigator in the Division of Research, Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program, Oakland.

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