Alcohol Increases Breast Cancer Risk

Alcohol Increases Breast Cancer Risk


>>>Dr. JAY HARNESS: I am often asked the
question whether consumption of alcohol is a risk factor for developing breast cancer.
The answer is yes, it is. In the Journal of the American Medical Association
published the week of November 2, 2011 is an important article from Harvard University
on this very subject. Now this subject has been studied a fair amount through the years
but I think this is one of the more comprehensive studies to be published. On our website we will have a video linked
to the author of the study and she goes through a lot of the details of the study. But the
bottom line of the study is that if you consume somewhere between three to six drinks per
week, you have an increased risk of breast cancer of approximately 15%. Now the average person, without other risk
factors, has a chance of developing breast cancer in their lifetime somewhere between
10% and 12%. So this additional 15% of 10-12% is not a huge jump but in fact it is an increased
risk factor. Now what the dilemma is that we know some
of the benefits of as an example, red wine. So how do we balance the benefits of red wine
consumption to lower the instance of heart disease against the increased risk of breast
cancer for consuming let’s say three to six glasses of wine per week. And the answer is you really need to consult
with your primary care physician because we have to take into account other risk factors
that may be in your history such as family history, such as being overweight, such as
cigarette smoking, such as never having babies, never having children at all. So there are multitude of risk factors that
go into the development of breast cancer. We have to always remember we don’t know the
exact cause of breast cancer but we need to keep in mind that in fact the consumption
of alcohol between three to six drinks per week is an increased risk factor, but we also
need to keep in mind that less than three drinks per week has no increased risk of breast
cancer. What’s the take-home message for you? Know
what your risk factors are. Consult with your primary care physician. If they are not the
answers you need of that source, then consult with a breast disease specialist where you
live. Katherine Stockton: I am a breast cancer survivor. Coree: I am a breast cancer survivor. Susan Denver: And I want every woman to know… Katherine Stockton: …about personalized
breast cancer treatment… Susan Denver: …and the Genomic Test. Coree: A test that helps guide a woman and
her doctor… Katherine Stockton: …to the best treatment
options for her. Susan Denver: Pass it on!

One comment

  1. I was diagnosed with breast cancer no family history, working out 6 days a week cardio,lifting weights,eating healthy, never smoke,no obesity,no alcohol but I wonder how about stress is that can risk breast cancer if my estrogen is high is it related to chronic stress?

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