A recent report suggests that drinking even a small alcoholic beverage every day increases the risk of breast cancer. The study, performed by the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) and World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF), advises women to cut down their alcohol consumption. Also, eating healthy, exercising, and maintaining a normal weight all contribute to the decrease of the breast cancer risk.
Alcohol is an important risk factor for breast cancer
The research found evidence that, even if women drink a small beer or a glass of wine per day, they are at a higher risk of developing breast cancer. Consuming around 10 g of alcohol every day increases the premenopausal cancer risk by 5 percent, while the postmenopausal risk raises by 9 percent.
Therefore, even alcohol in small doses is dangerous if it is consumed on a regular basis. Even one unit is enough, meaning around 250 ml of beer with 4 percent alcohol, 76 ml of wine with 13 percent alcohol, and 25 ml of spirits.
Exercising and eating healthy keeps illness away
Alcohol is not the only risk factor for breast cancer. Obesity also plays an important role, as it increases the chances of developing the disease in postmenopausal years. However, if the person was overweight only during her younger years, she has a smaller risk of suffering from breast cancer.
Researchers also found some links between certain foods and a smaller risk of cancer, but they need more evidence to prove the accuracy of these results. Less starchy vegetables, or those which contain carotenoids, are good for women, especially since they help them avoid gaining the yearly extra pound which also adds to the breast cancer risk.
Therefore, all women are advised to engage in physical activity. Any kind of exercise is welcome, but choosing something more active is preferable. Also, eating green peppers, carrots, or salad is advisable, and cutting down alcohol is almost mandatory.
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