A significant new finding about breast cancer finds a rather surprising risk factor that you are probably not even aware of.
An alarming new study claims to have found one activity that is a major hidden risk for breast cancer, and it’s a finding that came as a surprise to researchers. While scientists have long known that heavily drinking can boost one’s risk of breast cancer, a new report from the World Cancer Research Fund and the American Institute for Cancer Research found that even a small glass of wine each day was associated with a 5 to 9 percent increase in risk of breast cancer.
More specifically, the study found that sipping 10 grams of alcohol per day, which is about equivalent to a small glass of wine, 8 ounces of beer, or an ounce of hard liquor, boosts the risk for breast cancer by 5 percent in premenopausal woman and 9 percent in postmenopausal woman.
The risk only increases with more alcohol, which is why health experts advise no more than one alcoholic drink per day for women in order to limit their chances of cancer. Breast cancer is the main type of cancer suffered by women worldwide, regardless of whether it is a developed or developing nation.
“It can be confusing with single studies when the findings get swept back and forth,” said Anne McTiernan, MD, PhD, a lead author of the report and cancer prevention expert at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, in a statement.
“With this comprehensive and up-to-date report the evidence is clear: Having a physically active lifestyle, maintaining a healthy weight throughout life and limiting alcohol — these are all steps women can take to lower their risk.”