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Alcohol Increases the Risk of Breast Cancer


A recent report by the World cancer research fund (WCRF) says that taking a glass of alcohol daily increases the risk of getting breast cancer in women.  This can occur both before and after menopause.

Women who take of beer or wine daily increase their risk of pre-menopausal breast cancer by 5% while on the other hand, they increase their risk of post-menopausal breast cancer by 9%. This was taken from the report from world Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) and the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR).

It has been established that a glass of wine/beer has 14 grams of alcohol. These are findings from 119 case studies, which include 12 million women and 260,000 breast cancer incidents.

Physical Activity and Breastfeeding

Regular exercising has also been cited as an important aspect in reducing the risk of breast cancer. Women in pre-menopausal stage who are physically active and take in part in intense activities like running have a 17% less risk of developing breast cancer compared to the less active ladies. For women who in the post-menopausal stage the risk was reduced by 10% percent.

Even the mild physical activities such as gardening and walking also reduced the breast cancer risk by 13%.  The report states that women who are overweight and those with a greater adult weight increase are at a higher risk of developing breast cancer after menopause. However, breasting mothers were found to have a slightly lower breast cancer risk.

Foods that help reduce the Risk

Another lifestyle risk factor to the illness was diet. A change in diet can, therefore, help reduce the risk of breast cancer. The report came up with little evidence showing food with high calcium such as (dairy products, green vegetables, dried fruit, ball papers) and fruits and vegetables with carotenoids such as (carrots, broccoli, spinach, apricots) could protect women against estrogen-receptor (ER) negative breast cancer which is more challenging to treat.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the United States. And this evident in the new cases this year estimated to be at about 252,000. The AICR estimates that one in three cases of breast cancer in the United States could be prevented if women did not drink alcohol, maintained the right weight and were physically active.


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