Breast cancer and alcohol linked in Australian study
May 3, 2011
An Australian study on alcohol has linked 2,600 cases of breast cancer to drinking alcohol, according to a new report from Fox.
The study was presented by the Cancer Council Australia, which is suggesting that people drink only one standard-sized drink per day. The number of breast cancers related to alcohol amounts to 22 percent of all breast cancers, a significant portion that could be reduced if people consumed less, according to the new study.
The findings are published in Medical Journal of Australia and also cite other cancers such as mouth cancer and esophagus cancer as being linked to alcohol consumption. The new findings represent an increased warning about the causation of breast cancer by alcohol, compared to previous reports.
In the U.S., one in eight women develops breast cancer at some point in her lifetime, according to the American Cancer Society. Regular exercise has been linked to lower risk and women over the age of 40 are encouraged by the ACS to have yearly mammograms.
Developing breast cancer is sometimes a result of genetic predisposition. More often, the illness is not inherited.