New research has showed that, the more alcohol young women drink before motherhood, the greater their risk of future breast cancer.
The new research comes from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and links increased breast cancer risk to drinking between early adolescence and first full-term pregnancy according to Science Daily.
“More and more heavy drinking is occurring on college campuses and during adolescence, and not enough people are considering future risk,” said co-author Graham Colditz, MD, DrPH, associate director for cancer prevention and control at Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine.
“But, according to our research, the lesson is clear: If a female averages a drink per day between her first period and her first full-term pregnancy, she increases her risk of breast cancer by 13 percent.”
According to The Telegraph, the findings of the study indicated a dose-dependent relationship, which means the more alcohol a woman drinks during that time, the higher her risk of developing breast cancer.
Dr. Ying Liu, one of the studies lead researchers, stated the following:
“The general consistency in the patterns of association between alcohol and risk of proliferative benign breast cancer disease and of breast cancer lends support to the hypothesis that alcohol intake, particularly before first pregnancy when breast tissue is likely at its most vulnerable stage, may play an important role in the etiology of breast cancer.”
The research also found that for every bottle of beer, glass of wine or shot of liquor consumed daily, a young woman increases her risk of proliferative benign breast disease by 15 percent. Although such lesions are noncancerous, their presence increases breast cancer risk by as much as 500 percent, Liu said.
“Parents should educate their daughters about the link between drinking and risk of breast cancer and breast disease,” she said. “That’s very important because this time period is very critical.”
Drinking in heavy amounts can have a lot of negative health effects, but now there is evidence that drinking at a young age can lead to higher chances of breast cancer.
Talking with teenagers about drinking is important, especially before they embark on their next stages of life.
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