Alcohol consumption increases the risk of breast cancer and of death from the disease
Jul 28, 2011
The National Cancer Institute in Milan made breast cancer health news when it released the details of a study linking alcohol intake with breast cancer deaths.
Alcohol has been known to be a contributing factor to the development of breast cancer for many years. This new study is the first that shows a direct correlation between alcohol consumption and death from breast cancer, The Times of India reports.
The study inspected 264 women diagnosed with breast cancer between 1987 and 2001, and focused on lifestyle and alcohol consumption factors. The ten-year survival rate of non-drinkers and moderate drinkers was 88 and 89 percent, respectively, while it was 65 percent for heavier drinkers.
The researchers stated, "the findings… lend some support to the evidence that alcohol may influence cancer progression and survival."
The American Cancer Society states that there is a clear correlation between alcohol consumption and breast cancer. It asserts that women who drink two to five alcoholic beverages a day increase their risk of developing breast cancer by one and a half times over women who refrain from alcohol. Long term alcohol consumption is also known to be a factor in the development of cancers in the liver, esophagus, mouth and throat.