As little as 10 grams of alcohol per day – the equivalent of a small glass of wine or beer – raises the risk of premenopausual breast cancer by 5 percent. The same amount of alcohol raises the risk of postmenopausal breast cancer – the most common form of breast cancer – by 9 percent, according to a new report conducted by the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR), in collaboration with the World Cancer Research Fund.
The Report, which examined several risk factors for breast cancer, including alcohol, diet, and weight, confirmed that being overweight, having obesity, or just gaining more weight in adulthood increases the likelihood of postmenopausal breast cancer. Conversely, moderate exercise decreased the risk of both pre- and postmenopausal cancer.
Breast Cancer Risk
Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer among women across the globe. New research suggests that as little as one alcoholic drink per day can increase breast cancer risk, while exercise and a healthful diet lowers the risk.
Worldwide, breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related death among women. In the United States, almost 231,000 women were diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013, along with more than 2,100 men.
There are several risk factors that increase a woman’s likelihood of developing breast cancer. These include older age, early menarche, and having a family history of breast cancer.
While there is little a woman can do to control these risk factors, there are additional lifestyle risk factors that women can adjust in order to lower their risk.
A new report conducted by the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR), in collaboration with the World Cancer Research Fund, examined several risk factors for breast cancer, including alcohol, diet, and weight.