RESEARCH: Alcohol linked to breast cancer risk

By Monica Dobie | 19 May 2005

Post-menopausal women who consume even moderate amounts of alcohol may face an increased risk of breast cancer, according to a comprehensive US study.

Research conducted at Boston's Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Brigham and Women's Hospital, and Harvard School of Public Health indicated that postmenopausal women who consumed less than one glass of wine or beer a day were more likely to develop breast cancer than women who did not consume alcohol.

The results were consistent regardless of the woman's weight, type of alcoholic beverage consumed or whether hormone replacement therapy was used. Researchers tracked the diets of 122,000 women for more than 20 years, using questionnaires.

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Dear Chris,

Whilst this report on an increased risk in breast cancer risk for post menopausal women is interesting, it should not to be taken in isolation and should be balanced against other findings.

Post menopausal women or at much greater risk of contracting heart disease, the wests biggest killer and hence the protective effect of alcohol ( a reduction of 25- 30% heart attack risk when compared to non or heavy drinkers)needs to be taken into consideration when balancing advice. It is estimated that moderate alcohol intake could increase the risk of breast cancer by up to 6% per drink ( on a daily basis), but adequate folate intake negates this increase. Overall cancer risk associated with alcohol is 4 -6% for moderate drinkers against 20 - 50% for diet, 30% for smoking, 10-20% for oestrogen and 10- 20% for infection. For more information visit the AIM Gateway alcohol and women section via


Helena Conibear said at 12:24 pm, May 26, 2005

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