Two glasses of wine a day 'puts breast cancer risk up by 50 per cent'

Just two large glasses of wine a day can raise the risk of breast cancer by more than half, research shows.

A study of almost 185,000 women found even moderate drinking significantly increases the risk of the disease. A single large glass of wine a day raises the risk by almost a third. Those who enjoy two large glasses a day are 51 per cent more likely to develop breast cancer than those who never drink.

The study - one of the largest of its kind - adds to growing evidence that links alcohol to a disease that kills more than 1,000 British women a month. Experts believe alcohol is the biggest factor behind surging rates of breast cancer in the UK - and is to blame for one in 20 of the 44,000 cases diagnosed each year. Drinking is also blamed for increasing numbers of women suffering liver and fertility problems.

Government statistics show a third of women are drinking beyond the recommended limit every week - and the middle classes are heavier drinkers than lower earners. In the latest study, researchers from the University of Chicago tracked the health and drinking habits of almost 185,000 post-menopausal women for an average of seven years.

Analysis showed a clear link between drinking patterns and the development of the most common type of breast cancer - a form that is fuelled by the sex hormones oestrogen and progesterone. The link applied to wine, beer and spirits and held even when other factors such as age, weight and family history of breast cancer were taken into account.

Source - Daily Mail

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