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risk of breast cancer

THE

LINK BETWEEN

ALCOHOL
AND

BREAST CANCER?


1 in 8 women
will develop breast cancer over the course of her lifetime

Every

2 minutes
a woman in the United States is
diagnosed with breast cancer.

About


3.5%

of all US cancer deaths annually
are linked to alcohol.


What are the RISK FACTORS for breast cancer?


GENDER

Simply being a woman is the main risk factor for
developing breast cancer. This is probably because
of the female hormones estrogen and progesterone,
which can promote breast cancer cell growth.


AGING
Your risk of developing breast cancer increases as you get older
About

About

1 out of 8

2 of 3

invasive breast cancers

invasive breast cancers

are found in women

are found in women age

younger than

45.

55 or older.



GENETICS

5%

10%


How many drinks for women?


3-6 drinks per week

15%

chance of developing
the disease

at least 2 drinks daily

51%

chance of developing
the disease


Other cancer risks of Alcohol


Alcohol consumption has been linked to an increased risk for
cancers of the:

Oral cavity

Pharynx

Esophagus

Larynx

Stomach

Colon

Rectum

Liver

Ovaries


How to reduce the risk?


Increase vitamin D
intake


Maintain a diet low in fat and
sugar, but high in vegetables,
fruits, lean protein, and whole
grains


Avoid exposure to
radiation and
environmental pollution


Don’t smoke


Exercise regularly


Limit alcohol


SOURCES
http://www.seattletimes.com/health/study-alcohol-use-raises-risk-of-cancer-deaths/
http://www.breastcancer.org/symptoms/understand_bc/statistics
http://www.cancer.org/cancer/breastcancer/detailedguide/breast-cancer-risk-factors
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/237013.php
http://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/arh25-4/263-270.htm

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