Just half a glass of wine a day raises a woman’s chance of developing breast cancer, one of Britain's leading doctors has warned.
Professor Sir Ian Gilmore said that even those who stick within Government recommended limits for alcohol could be at higher risk. He warned that one unit of alcohol a day - half a glass of wine - increased the risk of breast cancer by ten per cent.
The Government advises that women do not drink more than 14 units of alcohol a week or two units a day. This means that even those who stick to these safe limits are at substantially higher risk.
Professor Gilmore, former head of the Royal College of Physicians, was referring to a major ongoing study carried out by Oxford University involving more than a million women. It had shown that 10g of alcohol a day - a unit - increased a woman’s risk of breast cancer by ten per cent. A large glass of wine served at a pub or restaurant typically contains 2.3 units, a small glass 1.7 units.
Professor Gilmore, who had been addressing MPs at the health select committee, said that it was important that this information 'was in the public domain'.