If every day you enjoy a glass of red wine, it’s time to put an end to it. Studies have long associated the consumption of alcohol with a higher risk of getting cancer, but now researchers at Harvard University found evidence that only one glass of wine every day can be devastating to a woman whose family was already suffering.
– Consuming just one drink a day increases the risk of alcohol induced cancer, mainly breast cancer by 13% compared to those who did not drink. – Claims a doctor from Harvard.
They examined the habits of more than 88,000 women and 47,000 men a period of 30 years, since 1980. The subjects of research did not drink a lot, and did not exceed the allowed limit of one drink per day for women and one to two for men. Some of them have smoked cigarettes at some point in life, and some are not. For men, whether they are smokers or not, there is a difference, while for women it did not matter. Even those who had never smoked showed a higher risk for breast cancer because of only one glass of alcohol per day, which means that smoking is associated with a minimum of developing breast cancer. For men, however, smoking is an important factor for all cancers caused by alcohol.
Researchers say that alcohol is the cause of 3.6% of cancer patients around the world, and both men and women. Among heavy drinkers among men the most common form of cancer is the colon cancer, while for women it is breast cancer.
– Breast tissue is more susceptible to alcohol than other tissues. – Explains the scientist.
The most likely explanation is increased level of estrogen.
It is true that red wine has some health benefits, including reducing the chances of heart disease and degenerative diseases, eg, Alzheimer’s disease. However, it is not enough to outweigh the bad impact it has on women and increase the risk of breast cancer.
– People who have a family history of cancer patients, especially women whose ancestors have had breast cancer should reduce alcohol intake below the recommended limits, or even to be completely give up, bearing in mind the now scientifically confirmed a link between alcohol consumption and cancer caused by it. – Advise scientists from Harvard.