Studies offer conflicting views of alcohol, breast cancer risks

We’ve all seen the memes: “It’s wine o’clock”; “Mommy needs wine”; “Just one glass [gallon-sized].”

And we’ve also seen the headlines: “Even low alcohol consumption linked to breast cancer,” “One drink a day increases breast cancer risk.”

Is there a link between alcohol consumption and breast cancer?

“There’s conflicting data on alcohol and implications with cancer. There are a lot of things that are being evaluated,” said Dr. Margaret MacDowell, medical director of Trident Cancer Center. “Right now they’re more potential contributing factors rather than a cause.”

Some breast cancer experts advise women to not drink at all to avoid any alcohol-related risk. Others maintain that an occasional drink is fine.

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