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Does drinking alcohol increase your chances of Breast Cancer?

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Studies consistently show that consuming alcoholic beverages increases the risk of breast cancer in a woman.

Women who consume three alcoholic drinks per week have a 15 percent higher chance of breast cancer relative to women who don’t drink at all. Experts say that for women who drink regularly, the risk of breast cancer goes up another 10 percent.

While some studies say that one glass of wine a day can be good for your heart, but if you want to stay healthy you shouldn’t have more than one glass.

But when it comes to breast cancer risk, no amount of alcohol is considered safe.

Reasons, why the intake of alcohol can lead to breast cancer, include:

  • Alcohol is empty calories that can contribute to unwanted weight gain. Excess fat may contribute to an increased risk of cancer.
  • Alcohol can increase levels of breast cancer-related estrogen and other hormones.
  • Higher levels of folic acid, which can lead to an increased risk of cancer are found in the body of alcohol users.

If you want you can enjoy alcohol occasionally but make sure that you don’t make it a routine. By doing this you will keep the risk of breast cancer and other cancers as low as possible.

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