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[Irish Medical Times] Moderate alcohol impacts on breast cancer risk. (04 Apr 2012)

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new review of research that looks at the relationship between alcohol consumption and breast cancer has found that low level or moderate drinkers who consume just one drink a day have a 5 per cent increased risk of breast cancer.

The analysis, published in the journal Alcohol and Alcoholism, discovered that heavy alcohol consumption, defined as three or more drinks a day, was found to have between a 40 per cent and 50 per cent increased risk of breast cancer.

Overall, alcohol drinking accounts for roughly 5 per cent of breast cancers in Northern Europe and North America and up to 10 per cent in countries such as Italy and France, where drinking alcohol is common among women.

When analysing the effects of light alcohol drinking, the authors — Helmut K Seitz and Carlo La Vecchia et al — reviewed research published before November 2011 via a literature search from MEDLINE, ISI Web of Science and EMBASE.


Item Type:News
Source:Irish Medical Times
Date:4 April 2012
Subjects:G Health and disease > State of health > Physical health
VA Geographic area > International aspects
A Substance use, abuse, and dependence > Prevalence > Substance use behaviour > Alcohol consumption

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