Alcohol May Raise Risk for Certain Breast Cancers

Drugs.com

August 23, 2010

MONDAY, Aug. 23 — Although experts have long suspected alcohol to be a breast cancer risk factor, new research suggests it’s most strongly linked to certain breast tumor types.

Researchers reporting in the Aug. 24 issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute found that women who drank one alcoholic beverage a day were at higher risk for developing estrogen receptor- and progesterone receptor-positive breast cancers.

Alcohol consumption was also connected with an increased risk for noninvasive breast cancers, but not for invasive tumors.

Alcohol is probably not the only factor at play here, added Dr. Gretchen Kimmick, an associate professor of medicine at Duke University Medical Center.

“It’s not a surprising finding, [but] when they stratified by hormone replacement therapy use, the effect went away, so this probably has to do with quite a few other things, not just alcohol,” she said.

Headline filled with fear factor – and then you get down to the truth where it is admitted that alcohol may not be the only factor involved with breast cancer….in fact HRT – is known to be a major factor in breast cancer…..

Oh marketing to women – based on fear….as if we do not all ready have enough fear in our lives.
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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.