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Alcohol-Breast Cancer Risk Spikes With 1 Drink

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By    |   Wednesday, 24 May 2017 05:33 AM

An alcohol-breast cancer link has been detected by new research that claims just one drink a day can spike the risk of the disease in women. 

The study, carried out by the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) and the World Cancer Research Fund, suggests that just drinking a small amount of wine, beer or hard liquor every day can up a woman's chances of being diagnosed with breast cancer, according to CBS News.

According to the lead author of the study, Dr. Anne McTiernan, a link between alcohol consumption and breast cancer has been a topic of discussion amongst women and their doctors for years, but the advice has been somewhat split.

"There are a lot of different studies that often come up with different answers. People always say, 'This week I'm supposed to only drink one drink, last week it was two,'" said McTiernan, who's also a cancer prevention expert at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle.

McTiernan and a group of her colleagues performed new studies to be able to pinpoint the exact risk of breast cancer for women who drink alcohol.

In a meta-analysis, "they evaluated data from 10 previous studies involving pre-menopausal women and 22 studies involving post-menopausal women," according to CBS News.

"The pre-menopausal analysis included 10 large cohort studies in which over 4,000 women developed breast cancer," McTiernan said, according to CNN. "The post-menopausal analysis included 22 large cohort studies in which over 35,000 women developed breast cancer."

"Breast cancer is very different in the two groups," said McTiernan, regarding why she and her colleagues chose to perform two different types of analyses.

Based on their findings, drinking just one small glass of wine or beer every day — defined as about 10 grams — "increases the risk of pre-menopausal breast cancer by 5 percent" while increasing the risk by 9 percent for post-menopausal women."

"I was most surprised by the alcohol result, that risk increases at just one drink a day, on average," McTiernan said, according to CNN. "The increase with one drink a day was small . . . but the risk goes up from there. So that's why AICR recommends no more than one alcohol drink a day for women to reduce risk for cancer."

According to the World Health Organization, breast cancer is the No. 1 cancer found in women around the world.

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