ALCOHOL: It’s good for you, but then it’s bad for you if you’re a post

A glass (or two) of red wine every day may be good for the heart, but it could cause breast cancer if you’re a postmenopausal woman.

Research among 2,000 women aged between 65 and 79 found that those who drank two or more alcoholic drinks a day significantly increased their risk of breast cancer compared with non-drinkers.

The risk was increased by over three times for some types of breast cancer. There was no increased risk among younger, premenopausal, women who drank, which suggests a link with oestrogen levels. ‘Alcohol is known to increase oestrogen levels in the blood, and therefore it could stimulate hormonally sensitive tumours,’ said one of the researchers.

(Source: Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention, October 2003).

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