The Risk of Breast Cancer From Alcohol Abuse

Recent studies have revealed that Alcohol abuse, especially for more than a glass or two daily, will increase the risk of breast cancer. Even though people, in particular women think that a few glasses of alcohol a day is safe to drink, think again. This form of cancer is the most common worldwide and the most common cause of death in women. Every one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and over a hundred are diagnosed on a daily basis.

Yes, there are risk factors that cannot be prevented such as family history and genetics. However, lifestyle factors and alcohol consumption if managed properly will reduce the risk of cancer. By living an active life and eating a high nutritional diet and preventing excessive alcohol consumption will help prevent all types of cancers long term. Studies have also shown that alcohol affects women differently to men.

Researchers have proved that alcohol abuse increases the risk of breast cancer in woman as alcohol increases androgen and oestrogen levels which in turn increase mammary gland susceptibility to become carcinogenic. The DNA damage to the mammary gland drastically increases the metastatic chances of increased cancer cells in the breast.

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Mammogram

Such metastatic levels are magnified by the amount of alcohol that is consumed on a daily basis. A twenty eight day study was carried out at a university that revealed that even regular low levels of alcohol abuse can lead to breast cancer. Women between the ages of 30 and 55 that regularly drank alcohol were evaluated and 30 percent were diagnosed with breast cancer.

The conclusion showed that 15 percent of women that consumed 3 to 8 glasses of alcohol as week were more at risk of developing breast cancer than women that did not consume alcohol. The study also revealed that there is a risk of being diagnosed with cancer with every 10 grams of alcohol consumed. The daily intake of 30 grams of alcohol increases the risk of cancer by 52 percent, proving that alcohol abuse has contributed to a very high risk cancer factor.