Alcohol and Breasts – What's Your Cancer Connection?
That warm feeling and flushed face that you get when you drink alcohol might just be killing you. A study of more than 100,000 nurses found that the drinking of just three alcoholic beverages a week risk slightly higher chances for developing breast cancer when compared to non-drinkers.
The last study you probably read about this cancer connection probably told you that there was no connection for light drinkers. However, this new research was conducted over thirty years and provides more evidence that it does apply to light drinking.
When interviewed on The Early Show, Dr. Holly Phillips said that the cancer connection may lie with the augmented circulation of estrogen in your blood caused by the consumption of alcohol. Moreover, the study showed that the additional daily drinks that a woman consumes increases her chance for breast cancer by about 10% after the age of 50 for those who consume larger quantities of alcohol.
Moreover, the study showed that they type of alcohol consumed did not alter the cancer connection. Guzzling beer, tasting wine, or sipping hard liquor did not change the cancer connection.
But the good news for those women that annually or semi-annually binge drinking is that hard partying during your vacation does not increase your cancer connection, according to Dr Wendy Chan, lead author and researcher at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School. “No one should feel guilty about one particular week or two.”