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Even a Little Alcohol Contributes to Breast Cancer Risk

November 15, 2012
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Drinking alcohol has already been established as contributing to the risk of breast cancer. The question is how much alcohol still increases that risk.

A new study found that as little as three to six drinks per week was enough to increase the risk of breast cancer. Researchers found that “low levels of alcohol consumption were associated with a small increase in breast cancer risk, with the most consistent measure being cumulative alcohol intake throughout adult life. Alcohol intake both earlier and later in adult life was independently associated with risk.”

Given the other factors that can increase the risk of breast cancer it is important to avoid each factor as much as possible. This will reduce the potential cumulative effect of these risk factors.

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