Breast Cancer Report Has Surprising Findings About Alcoholic Consumption & Exercise by Donna John
Drinking just one glass of wine or other alcoholic drink a day increases your breast cancer risk, finds a major new report by the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) and the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF). The report also revealed, for the first time, that vigorous exercise such as running or fast bicycling decreases the risk of both pre- and post-menopausal breast cancers. Strong evidence confirmed an earlier finding that moderate exercise decreases the risk of post-menopausal breast cancer, the most common type of breast cancer.
“It can be confusing with single studies when the findings get swept back and forth,” said Dr. Anne McTiernan, lead author of the report and cancer prevention expert at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. “With this comprehensive and up-to-date report the evidence is clear: Having a physically active lifestyle, maintaining a healthy weight throughout life and limiting alcohol – these are all steps women can take to lower their risk.” In addition, the report showed that:
- Being overweight or obese increases the risk of post-menopausal breast cancer, the most common type of breast cancer.
- Mothers who breastfeed are at lower risk for breast cancer.
- Greater adult weight gain increases risk of post-menopausal breast cancer.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer in U.S. women with over 252,000 new cases estimated this year. Read more about the breast cancer report here.