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Did You Know? Alcohol And Breast Cancer May Be Related

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October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and it’s important to raise awareness so that we can help prevent breast cancer. New studies show that alcohol and breast cancer may be more closely related than some might think. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle and a healthy diet is crucial to every person and their well-being, especially those in recovery from drugs and alcohol. Living an unhealthy life along with a mal-nourished diet can lead to a wide range of diseases; studies show that cancer is no exception – especially breast cancer. A new study shows that women who drink alcohol in their teens or early adulthood, have a greater risk of developing breast cancer later in life. Usually, liver disease or heart disease come to mind when you think of the main health effects that alcohol can cause; many would never suspect that breast cancer could be a result. A shocking 21.6% of all alcohol-related deaths are due to cancer. Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women who are heavy drinkers.

Alcohol and Breast Cancer Facts

Researchers from the Washington University School of Medicine, located in St. Louis, discovered that the amount of alcohol a young woman consumes between her first period and her first full-term pregnancy can affect the risk of developing breast cancer.  If a young woman averages at least one drink per day between her first period and first full-term pregnancy, the risk of breast cancer is at least 13% or higher than that of a woman who didn’t drink.

How does Alcohol Increase the Risk of Breast Cancer?

Although the precise ways of how alcohol increases the risk of breast cancer is not completely known, studies have proven some likely causes. Alcohol breaks down into a substance called acetaldehyde, which can lead to genetic mutations (permanent change in the DNA sequence that makes up genes.) When alcohol breaks down, it has the potential to generate the growth of abnormal, or cancerous cells. Once the cancerous cells have arrived, they mutate and multiply. In certain types of breast cancer, the increased levels of oestrogen (female hormone) can cause the cancerous cells to multiply even more.

Alcohol and Breast Cancer Prevention

So, there you have it – alcohol and breast cancer risks are real, and could be deadly if unchecked. In order to remain healthy and cancer-free, make sure you keep a healthy balanced life style. For all parents or guardians: make sure you inform your daughters and other young women of the risks associated with alcohol and breast cancer. If you do know someone who has a problem with drinking alcohol, please give us a call. We can help!

Help us raise awareness by spreading the word about alcohol and breast cancer! Together we can help change lives.

For more information about breast cancer and how you can help prevent future problems, click here: National Breast Cancer Foundation

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