If You Drink, Consider Breast Cancer Link: Any Amount of Alcohol Heightens Risk, Study Concludes

Candlelight. A favorite entrée. A glass of wine. Perfect.

Well, maybe not.

Women in Connecticut and around the world might want to rethink at least the wine in light of findings from a global research study that suggest drinking any amount of alcohol raises a woman’s risk of breast cancer.

The study, released in May, analyzed the results of 119 studies involving more than 12 million women. The analysis, which was conducted by a research team at Imperial College London and then reviewed by a panel of international scientists, found a positive correlation between drinking and breast cancer in women. The higher the dose, be it whiskey, wine or beer, the greater the risk.

So what’s a woman to do?

Well the first thing not to do, as recommended by two Hartford area oncologists specializing in the treatment of breast cancers, is overreact. Next, try to keep the findings in perspective.

At St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford, Dr. Zia Rahman is the lead medical oncologist in the Breast Cancer Program of Excellence and senior medical oncologist at the Breast Center and GYN Cancer Center of Excellence.

“We can see even one drink a day increases the risk by around 10 percent, and if you have two or three drinks, it’s close to 25 percent,” Rahman said.

The American Cancer Society defines a single alcoholic drink as 12 ounces of regular beer, five ounces of wine or an ounce and a half of 80-proof (40 percent) distilled spirits such as whiskey, vodka, gin, etc.

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