Study - Alcohol consumption and breast cancer

A review by Cancer Council Victoria and the University of Melbourne has found that long-term consumption of a large amount of alcohol increases the risk of certain cancers – including breast cancer.

The study specifically measured the impact of alcohol on breast, bowel head and neck cancers.

The risk of developing breast cancer increased by 28 per cent.

Lead researcher Dr Harindra Jayasekara said the analysis confirmed that those who drank heavily over a lifetime could be two to seven times more likely to develop certain types of cancer.

"Long-term, chronic use of alcohol contributes to 3000 cases of cancer in Australia every year," he said. "This study provides further evidence that the effects of alcohol are dose-dependent; meaning the more you drink the greater the risk you will develop cancer."

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