Drinking a glass of beer, sipping on some wine or having a bourbon three times a week can cause a slight increasing in breast cancer in women according to a recent study of more than 100,000 U.S. nurses.
The association between drinking and breast cancer has been studied for years however previous studies found no link between the often deadly disease and light alcohol consumption. The new breast cancer research conducted over a 30 year time period is the most extensive of it’s kind to date.
It should be noted that the study only shows an association between light drinking and breast cancer and not a direct link to the disease. The study did find that light drinkers tend to be less active that nondrinkers and they tend to have less healthy diets, both aspects that could bring about an increased risk in breast cancer.
The study also revealed that women who consumed three to six drinker per week had a 15 percent higher chance of developing breast cancer than their non-drinking counterparts. Research then showed for that every 10 grams of alcohol consumed daily over those amounts the chance of breast cancer increased by an additional 10 percent.
In any case drinkers must weigh the potential risks against the potential benefits, for example various studies have shown how red wine can help reduce the risk of heart disease.
The study took into account various risk factors for breast cancer in women including family history, weight, menopause, etc.
Interested parties can pick up the full study in this Wednesday’s Journal of the American Medical Association.
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