With genetics and age being just two of the factors for increased risk for breast cancer, there are various concerns many women may have about this potentially deadly cancer. While some of these risk factors are simply inherited, a new study may show that alcohol intake may play a role an increased breast cancer risk.
Research On Alcohol and Breast Cancer
Past studies have shown that over drinking can increase the risk of breast cancer. The extensive research showed a correlation between drinking alcohol and an increased risk in various types of cancer, including breast cancer.
The newest report on this research shows that daily drinking may directly affect the breast cancer risk for premenopausal and postmenopausal women. Drinking 10 grams of alcohol daily has been associated when an increase in breast cancer risk. Researchers were surprised at how much of a difference daily alcohol drinking had on the risk factor.
"I was most surprised by the alcohol result, that risk increases at just one drink a day, on average," McTiernan said. "The increase with one drink a day was small ... but the risk goes up from there. So that's why AICR recommends no more than one alcohol drink a day for women to reduce risk for cancer."
Breast Cancer Prevention
With these results of this study, researchers suggest no more than one drink per day. Since breast cancer is the top cancer for women in developed and developing worlds, prevention is key to reducing most risk factors.
Here are a few ways you can reduce your risk of breast cancer:
- Staying physically active
- Controlling your weight
- Trying the Mediterranean diet
- Avoid smoking
- Consult your doctor about risk factors associated with hormone therapy
- Breastfeeding if possible
Be sure to abide by these tips to ensure you lessen your chance of getting breast cancer. If you need a breast MRI or mammogram, feel free to give us a call about this imaging scan!