Breast cancer: One small drink a day increases risk, study shows

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Breast cancer: One small drink a day increases risk, study shows

Alcohol increases the risk of breast cancer.

Drinking even one small alcoholic beverage a day can increase a person’s breast cancer risk, according to a new report.

Consuming 10 grams of alcohol a day or about the size of a small glass of wine or beer, can increase breast cancer risk by 5% in premenopausal women and 9% in postmenopausal women, according to the report by the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) and the World Cancer Research Fund.

Alcohol is a known carcinogen, said Alice Bender, head of nutrition programs at AICR. It can damage DNA, allowing cancer cells to develop, and increases circulating estrogen, which can increase risk for certain cancers.

The outcome that just a small amount of alcohol increases breast cancer risk was “surprising,” said the study’s lead author Anne McTiernan.

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