Number of drinks per day may affect breast cancer risks

August 28, 2013 1:39:43 PM PDT
Researchers at Harvard and Washington University looked at 60,000 women and their drinking habits from their first period to their first pregnancy. The study found the more drinks a woman had per day, the higher the risk for breast cancer.

Each drink per day was linked to an 11-percent increased risk to getting cancer. It was also tied to a 16-percent higher risk for benign breast disease, a condition that can lead to breast cancer.

The study suggests that younger women who watch their alcohol intake might decrease their risk of breast cancer later in life.