Could you imagine my shock and heart ache when I found out that consuming one or more alcoholic drink’s a day can cause an increased risk of breast cancer in women who are both pre-menopausal – and post-menopausal???
According to a report from the World Cancer Research Fund and the American Institute for Cancer Research drinking the equivalent (about 10 grams of alcohol) of one small glass of wine, beer, or other alcohol a day is linked to an increase cancer risk of 5 percent. And just so you know a standard drink has about 14 grams of alcohol!
Anne McTiernan, a cancer-prevention researcher at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle and one of the report’s lead authors, suggest “If a woman is drinking, it would be better if she kept it to a lower amount.”
Alcohol increases estrogen, which is linked to increased breast-cancer risk, while physical activity reduces it. The report found women who are overweight or obese have a higher risk of post-menopausal disease. Alcohol increases estrogen, which is linked to increased breast-cancer risk, while physical activity reduces it.
“If women lose just 10 percent of their weight, it’s linked to reduced blood estrogen, inflammation” and other factors associated with breast cancer, McTiernan said.
AICR estimates that 1 in 3 cases of the 252,000 in women could be prevented if women did not drink alcohol, were physically active and maintained a healthy weight.
Sounds like heading to the gym might be the better life saving way to rid ourselves of stress ladies!
*Picture credit/ABC/JOHN FLEENOR