Breast Cancer Awareness Month -Reduce Your Risk Tip #2

2. Minimize or avoid alcohol. Alcohol use is the most well established dietary risk factor for breast cancer. The Harvard Nurses’ Health study, along with several others, has shown consuming more than one alcoholic beverage a day can increase breast cancer risk by as much as 20-25 percent.

Why Drinking Alcohol Is Linked to Breast Cancer

ScienceDaily (Apr. 23, 2012) — A research team presented findings that they say may finally explain the link between alcohol consumption and breast cancer...(read more)

Woah, this little fact came as something of a surprise to me, and a most unwelcome one at that. Did you know about the link between breast cancer and alcohol consumption?

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I'm a freckly red head, originally from London now living in LA with 2 pale children. Frankly with our coloring we have no business being such an outdoorsy family and living in southern California. I grew up in a time when factor 8 sun milk was considered the best protection available to combat the hot rays of a holiday in southern Spain, that lead to 3rd degree burns and the rest of the vacation spent in the shade of our apartment. As a family we love to be outside, going to the beach, camping, swimming & hiking. We can't completely avoid the sun (nor should we) but taking sensible measures to avoid unnecessary UV damage is a priority. How do we do that? By staying in the shade in the middle of the day, wearing sun protective clothing (that's why I created Sunny Sleevez), a broad brimmed hat, UV rated sunglasses, using chemical-free broad spectrum sun screen on exposed areas & eating a healthy diet with as few chemicals as possible & lots of antioxidants.
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4 Responses to Breast Cancer Awareness Month -Reduce Your Risk Tip #2

  1. M says:

    Reblogged this on A FRESH START and commented:
    I never knew that Alcohol had an affect…

  2. anita manuell says:

    Than you for this post. I didn’t know about this and it is very good to know, but I imagine it being very difficult to convince people I know who do consume more than one alcoholic drink a day, of the potentially greater risk depending on the levels of CYP2E1 expressed in an individual. Australia has a big drinking culture and it is difficult to stand one’s ground when one doesn’t want to drink much (for any reason) – others don’t want their own behaviour brought into question, so they would rather deny the research and press companions to join in the drinking. I hope this will change.

  3. I never knew that. Indeed most unwelcome news for a lot of people!
    Thank you for sharing these valuable tips.

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