Alcohol Causes Breast Cancer Says New Study

Last modified: August 2, 2019

Richard Honaker M.D.
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A vital new report by the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) and the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) has revealed that having just one glass of alcohol per day actually increases your risk for breast cancer.

The report also divulged for the first time that zestful exercise like running or fast bicycling minimizes the risk of both pre- and post-menopausal breast cancers. Convincing proof affirmed an earlier discovery that moderate exercise minimizes the risk of post-menopausal breast cancer, which is the most prevalent type of breast cancer.

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There May Be Ways to Reduce Your Risk of Breast Cancer

According to a lead author of the report, with their extensive and contemporary report, it has become clear that having a physically active lifestyle, a healthy weight throughout life, and a limited alcohol intake can help women to lower their risk of having breast cancer.

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A report from 2010 analyzed 119 studies, which consists of data on 12 million women and 260,000 cases of breast cancer. The report discovered convincing proof that drinking a small glass of alcohol, such as wine or beer heightens pre-menopausal breast cancer risk by five percent and post-menopausal breast cancer risk by nine percent. And that’s just around 10 grams of alcohol content. A standard drink contains 14 grams of alcohol.

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More Energetic Women in the Alcohol and Breast Cancer Study Lowered Risk by 17 Percent

In terms of zestful exercise, pre-menopausal women who were the most energetic had a 17 percent lower risk and post-menopausal women had a 10 percent lower risk of getting breast cancer when set side by side with those who were the least energetic. Complete ordinary activity like walking and gardening are associated with a 13 percent lower risk compared to the most against the least energetic women.

The report also showed that being overweight or obese heightens the risk of post-menopausal breast cancer, mothers who breastfeed have low risks for breast cancer, and greater adult weight gain heightens the risk of post-menopausal breast cancer.

The most common cancer in American women is breast cancer. It has more than 252,000 new cases approximated this year alone. AICR approximates that one out of three breast cancer cases in the US could have been averted if women didn’t drink alcohol, were physically active, and maintained a healthy weight.

The mentioned report directs to connections between breast cancer risk and diet. Some limited proof revealed that non-starchy vegetables minimize the risk for estrogen-receptor (ER) negative breast cancers. It is an uncommon type of tumor that is very challenging to treat.

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Some evidence also connects dairy, diets high in calcium and foods containing carotenoids to lowering the risk of some breast cancers. Carrots, apricots, spinach and kale are all rich in carotenoids.

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The links mentioned in the report may indicate that women could get some benefits from eating non-starchy vegetables and foods rich in carotenoids, but these dietary connections with the lowering of breast cancer risk still needs more research.

Other than the mentioned lifestyle risk factors, there are typical causes of breast cancer, such as being older, early menstrual period, and having a family history of breast cancer. There are many factors that women have no control of, but the report shows that there are steps that women can take to minimize their risk for breast cancer.

If you’re not active at all, start exercising. If you exercise a bit, try to do more. Try to incorporate veggies like carrots and bell peppers to your diet or eat a green salad instead of having chips and crackers.

One Drink Per Day Only if You Need to Drink

If you regularly drink alcohol, try to stick to having one drink only. Less alcohol in your body is more preferable. Totally avoiding alcohol will be best for you. If you’re having trouble in quitting, consult your doctor. You will be endorsed to experts in helping people to quit drinking alcohol. Overall, your quality of life will improve.

There may be no assurances in terms of cancer, but it’s wonderful to know that you can actually do something to lower your risk. You don’t have to feel powerless and helpless.

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Submitted by Dr. Richard Honaker:

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