In the UK, there are more than 45,000 new cases of breast cancer each year. Lifetime risk of developing breast cancer is approximately one in nine.
While 95% of the women surveyed linked excess alcohol to liver disease, and 71% were aware it lead to a heightened risk of liver cancer; 82% of women were not aware of the connection to breast cancer.
There are many different risk factors for the development of breast cancer, from family history to obesity. But the connection between alcohol and breast cancer is well established.
Women who drink a single large glass of wine per day, 21 units of alcohol per week, increase the lifetime risk by a fifth. Two glasses each night boosts it by a third. And three big glasses equals more than a fifty percent increase.
Dr Sarah Cant, from the charity Breakthrough Breast Cancer, said: “Although many factors might affect our risk of getting breast cancer, limiting how much we drink is one thing we can do to try to reduce that risk – it’s never too late to change your drinking habits.”
-via BBC News