Young women who drink face higher breast cancer risk
WASHINGTON, District of Columbia (AFP) - Young women who drink alcohol every day may be raising significantly their risk of breast cancer, according to United States (US) research published on Wednesday.
Each alcoholic drink a woman takes daily from when her menstrual periods start until her first full-term pregnancy ups her lifetime risk of breast cancer by 13 per cent, said the study in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.
The findings were based on a survey of 91,005 mothers in a major US health study from 1989 to 2009.
The researchers also found that each additional daily drink - whether beer, wine or hard liquor - raised the risk of proliferative benign breast disease by 15 per cent.