Alcohol seems to boost breast cancer risk

April 14, 2008 2:24:24 PM PDT
A large U.S. study finds alcohol, consumed even in small amounts, increases the risk of the most common type of breast cancer in postmenopausal women.

The study in the American Association for Cancer Research found that women who had one to two small drinks a day were 32 percent more likely to develop a hormone sensitive tumor. Three or more drinks a day raised the risk by 51 percent.

Scientists say, regardless of the type of alcohol, the risk was evident.

Researchers say, it's too early to make public health recommendations, but women should talk to their doctors to assess risk factors and consider lifestyle changes.


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