Alcohol consumption of great concern for breast cancer.

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Alcohol consumption of great concern for breast cancer.

Red wine made headlines about its possible benefits in relation to heart disease. Not to stop the party, but alcohol has no protective effect on cancer; in fact, the reverse is true. Alcohol is a carcinogen and a cancer promoter. It doesn't matter whether it's in the form of wine, beer, hard liquor, or a fizzy drink. Alcohol is of greatest concern for breast cancer. The Nurses' Healthy Study showed that even one drink per day increases the risk of breast cancer. Just why this is so is not entirely clear. It does increase the amount of estrogen in the body, as has been shown in pre- and postmenopausal women. Alcohol also is able to affect the balance of insulin, estrogen, and IGF-1. Use of alcohol encourages cells to multiply and can hasten the development and spread of existing cancer.

Healthy Eating for Life to Prevent and Treat Cancer, Physicians Committee For Responsible Medicine.

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