Breast Cancer Awareness Month & Alcohol

 breastcancer blog post

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and alcohol does play a part in breast cancer, let’s take a look at some specifics of the research:
Despite the much touted benefits of drinking alcohol in moderation, experts agree there is an undeniable link between alcohol and cancer, particularly breast cancer. Drinking any kind of alcohol — red or white wine, beer, or mixed drinks — raises your risk.

  •   A meta-analysis that combined the results of 98 studies found women who drank alcohol were 11 percent more likely than non-drinkers to get breast cancer.
  •   Estrogen levels are higher in women who drink alcohol than in non-drinkers. These higher estrogen levels may in turn, increase the risk of breast cancer.
  •   A pooled analysis of data from 53 studies found for each alcoholic drink consumed per day, the relative risk of breast cancer increased by about seven percent.
  •   Women who had two to three alcoholic drinks per day had a 20 percent higher risk of breast cancer.

Dr. Jay Brooks, chairman of hematology/oncology at Ochsner Health System in Baton Rouge, La. says, “I think that women should be counseled that [drinking alcohol] does increase risk of breast cancer. Women should be advised, but she has to make a decision.”
Many studies show that drinking alcohol increases the risk of breast cancer. In general the more alcohol you drink, the higher your risk of developing breast cancer. Getting enough folic Acid may lower the risk linked to drinking alcohol.
If quitting alcohol is a problem for you or anyone you know the Oasis Renewal Center may be able to help. Please give us a call 501.376.2747

Sources:
1. See more at: http://ww5.komen.org/BreastCancer/DrinkingAlcohol.html#sthash.lQklyazh.dpuf
2. TheBreastcaresite.com