Alcohol is harmful to breast health

The occasions we have to drink too much on the weekend are plentiful: birthdays, evenings with friends, romantic dinners, family get-togethers, and so many others! But for women, drinking too much not only causes headaches, it also increases their risk of suffering from breast cancer. The more a woman drinks, the higher the risk!

A Danish study was conducted among more than 17,500 nurses. It concluded that the risk of suffering from breast cancer was twice as high in women who drank the equivalent of 22 to 27 alcoholic beverages per weekend, compared to those who limited their alcohol intake to a maximum of three beverages. Researchers also observed a 2% increase in the risk of breast cancer for each alcoholic beverage consumed on week days, with the risk reaching 4% for drinks taken on the weekend. Possibly, this difference can be attributed to the fact that it is more likely women drink to get inebriated on the weekend, than they do on week days. This leads to elevated concentrations of alcohol in the blood, which is detrimental to the system. We also know that drinking large quantities of alcohol increases levels of estrogen, a hormone associated with the appearance of breast cancer.

It is recommended for women to limit their alcohol consumption to one a day. One drink equals either: a bottle of beer, a glass of wine or a mixed drink.

Maintaining a healthy body weight, quitting smoking and exercising regularly can help decrease the risk of breast cancer, while undergoing regular screenings can help, at the very least, detect any abnormality early in the disease.

We know breast cancer is the most prevalent cancer in women, let us use this knowledge wisely!

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