November 6, 2011
A study recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association has found a correlation between the consumption of alcohol and increased risk of breast cancer. The data showed that even low-levels of drinking (3-6 glasses of wine per week) led to a 15% increase in breast cancer risk and that women who consumed higher levels of alcohol (at least 2 drinks per day) were found to have a 51% increase in breast cancer risk when compared to women who did not drink alcohol. The study spanned nearly 3 decades and involved more than 100,000 women.
Dr. Wendy Y Chen of Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School and her colleagues cited alcohol’s effect on circulating estrogen levels as a possible, while unconfirmed, explanation for the correlation between levels of alcohol consumption and risk of developing breast cancer.
Read the full article at Science Daily below.
Low Levels of Alcohol Consumption Associated With Small Increased Risk of Breast Cancer, Study Finds