However, some middle-aged women are disregarding this risk and others may not be fully aware of its significance, according to a new study. The women interviewed for the study were more aware of short-term effects of alcohol on weight, mental health, and relationships, than the risk of cancer. It was a small study, involving 35 women between the ages of 45 and 64 who had never had cancer.
Women's awareness of alcohol's role in boosting breast cancer risk is poor, indicates research published in the online journal BMJ Open. Only one in five women attending breast clinics and screening appointments and only half of the staff questioned at one NHS UK centre knew that alcohol is a risk factor for breast cancerthe findings show. This low level of awareness may not be the same everywhere, caution the researchers.
Research consistently shows that drinking alcoholic beverages -- beer, wine, and liquor -- increases a woman's risk of hormone-receptor-positive breast cancer. Alcohol can increase levels of estrogen and other hormones associated with hormone-receptor-positive breast cancer. Alcohol also may increase breast cancer risk by damaging DNA in cells. Teen and tween girls aged 9 to 15 who drink three to five drinks a week have three times the risk of developing benign breast lumps.
I have a history of breast cancer. I've heard it's OK to drink up to one glass of wine per day. Recently, I read that women concerned about breast cancer should have no more than two drinks per week.
Alcohol is produced by the fermentation of sugars and starches by yeast. Alcohol is also found in some medicines, mouthwashes, and household products including vanilla extract and other flavorings. This fact sheet focuses on cancer risks associated with the consumption of alcoholic beverages.
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You can reduce your risk of breast cancer by limiting the amount of alcohol you drink. The earlier in your life you start to reduce your drinking, the better. Research shows that regularly drinking alcohol is associated with a higher risk of developing breast cancer. Your risk of breast cancer will depend on how much alcohol you tend to drink.
Middle aged women in Australia aren't getting the message about the proven link between alcohol consumption and breast cancer, at a time when more are drinking while cancer rates in their age bracket are increasing, according to a new study. More women aged between 45 and 64 years aren't aware of the potential risks, and indicate negative impacts on their weight, relationships or lifestyle would more likely result in a reduction in drinking, rather then warnings about an increased risk of cancer. But Dr Miller say the findings in her study suggest targeted messages which address short terms risk caused by alcohol will have the greatest impact on reducing current consumption levels.