Wine Worse for Breast Cancer than Heredity

Cancer Research, News — By on October 31, 2008 at 7:10 am

Ask women what’s the most common cause of breast cancer and most will say heredity. Unfortunately, heredity accounts for about 5% of all cases of breast cancer.  Lifestyle choices are more often to blame.

One often-overlooked contributor to the development of breast cancer is alcohol intake, including the wine we enjoy with dinner.  According to data supplied by the United Kingdom’s (UK’s) Breakthrough Breast Cancer project three large glasses of wine, increases the risk by as much as 50%.

It isn’t wine alone that should concern women. All alcoholic beverages increase breast cancer risks, making alcohol consumption one of the most manageable ways to decrease one’s likelihood of developing the disease.

Heredity can be a clear threat to breast health when the disease runs through a particular family line and age, too, increases the risk. Other factors, however, are more a reflection of lifestyle choices and they, like alcoholic beverages, can be changed to minimize risk.

In addition to increasing the chance of developing breast cancer, excessive alcohol intake increases the likelihood of developing other types of cancer, too, and is associated with stroke and heart disease.

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