Study Shows Alcohol Intake To Increase Risk Of Breast Cancer
While some of us may enjoy a little glass of wine or champagne occasionally, most women are oblivious to the scary fact that alcohol consumption has been proven to increase the risk of breast cancer.
According to Priscilla Martinez, a scientist at the Alcohol Research Group (ARG) in California, there has been about 30 years’ worth of evidence to support this statement. In fact, a study even shows that alcohol consumption will increase the risk of breast cancer by up to 7-16%. Despite this, a 2019 study reveals that only 25% of women ages 15 to 44 in America were aware of this fact.
As of now, researchers are still trying to understand and identify the cause between alcohol consumption and breast cancer. One explanation came from Dr Megan Kruse, a medical breast oncologist at Cleveland Clinic, who believes that because alcohol increases the amount of estrogen in the body, for women and particularly postmenopausal women, that will have a role in developing hormone-sensitive breast cancer.
Moreover, alcohol is known to increase an individual’s caloric intake and weight gain, which may indirectly contribute to the formation of cancer cells in the body. But that’s not all, according to the American Cancer Society, alcohol consumption is also linked to cancers of the mouth, throat, voice box, esophagus, liver, colon, and rectum.
However, it is important to remember that breast cancer is often caused by a combination of factors that can’t be controlled like environmental exposures, and physical attributes such as breast density.
Therefore, even though it is said that any amount of alcohol can raise the risk of breast cancer, smaller amounts of alcohol will raise the risk very minimally.