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- On July 22, 2016
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Breast cancer probably isn’t the first form of cancer that comes to mind when you consider the link between alcohol use and cancer, but studies have consistently been showing a strong link between heavy alcohol use and breast cancer—especially in women. One recent study conducted by five Spanish universities (Asturias, Granada, Murcia, Navarra and San Sebastián) has some alarming findings concerning even casual alcohol use and the associated risks for breast cancer.
The study, which was part of the larger EPIC Study (European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition), was conducted by an international team of researchers. The study involved collaboration with 334,850 women from ten European countries, all between 35 and 70 years of age. Of those women who participated, 11,576 were diagnosed with breast cancer during the 11-year period over which this study was conducted.
According to the study, in women, risk of developing breast cancer actually quadruples with the intake of each daily glass of wine or beer. As María Dolores Chirlaque, a professor from the University of Murcia and one of the Spanish scientists who forms part of the EPIC team, explains, “a woman’s average risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer increases by 4% with each additional 10 grams/day of alcohol. In other words, a daily intake of one glass of wine or beer—or less—would correspond to a risk value of 1. However, if we increase our intake to two daily glasses of wine or beer, our risk would rise by 4%.” Chirlaque adds that these percentages rise as intake increases. For example, consuming up to 15 grams of alcohol per day can mean for a 5.9% greater risk of breast cancer.
The study also found that the age at which you consume alcohol can have an effect on breast cancer risk. Put simply, the longer a woman has been consuming alcohol, the greater her risk is of developing breast cancer. This is especially true if a woman began her alcohol intake before her first year of pregnancy.
The European Code Against Cancer has published 12 tips to help individuals reduce cancer risk, one of which is that “if you drink alcohol of any type, limit your intake. Not drinking alcohol is beneficial for cancer prevention.” This code adds, “there is strong evidence suggesting that individuals can reduce their cancer risk by adopting healthy eating and physical activity. In Europe, individuals who follow healthy lifestyles have an 18% lower risk of cancer than those whose lifestyles and body weights are not in line with recommendations.” Having a healthy lifestyle, in this case, means having a body mass index (BMI) between 18.5 and 24.9 kg/m2, getting at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity per day, eating a primarily plant-based diet, and limiting alcoholic drink consumption.
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