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The Alcohol-Breast Cancer Link

Alcohol and Cancer: What is the relationship?

Despite previous reports, a study due to be published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology stated on April 8 that alcohol likely does not make cancer more fatal to its users.[1] However, this study agrees with past statements that alcohol can increase a user’s chance of developing breast cancer. Alcohol is known to increase estrogen production, which can influence the development of cancer.1

AlcoholIt does not impact cancer survival.

This study states that drinking alcohol before and after a women’s diagnosis does not impact survival rates.1 The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, WA began conducting the study in 1988, and used information from study participants who had a history of breast cancer who resided in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, or Wisconsin.1 They found that the kind and amount of alcohol consumed did not affect the fatality of the cancer women developed.1

Cancer link still inconclusive.

However, the study did find that women who consumed a moderate amount of alcohol—between three and six drinks per week—were at a lesser risk of developing cardiovascular diseases.1 This was found with red wine drinking, not with beer or other spirits.1

A previous study conducted by Boston University stated that alcohol-related cancer death takes an average of 18 years off of one’s life; therefore, there is no safe level of alcohol use regarding cancer.1

[1] Stevens, S. (2013, April 8). Report clouds alcohol, breast cancer connection. Examiner.com. Retrieved April 16, 2013, from http://www.examiner.com/article/report-clouds-alcohol-breast-cancer-connection

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