A woman’s risk of breast cancer usually increases when having a family history of breast cancer. However, this risk can be minimized by changing lifestyles and attitudes, particularly in terms of alcohol consumption.
A new study from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis show, a teenage girl with a family history of breast cancer have a higher risk of suffering from cancer with increasing alcohol consumption.
“The most common question we often hear from women with a history of breast cancer is how to prevent breast cancer in our daughters, ‘said epidemiologist Graham A. Colditz, MD, PhD, who published his research online in the journal Cancer.
“These findings could be a strategy for us to reduce the risk of breast cancer by limiting alcohol consumption,” he added.
Researchers claim, these are the first findings that looked at the relationship between alcohol consumption in adolescents with risk of breast cancer. The reason for this research mostly just linking alcohol with breast cancer risk in women ages 50’s, 40’s, 60’s and at the risk of invasive breast cancer, rather than the initial risk (benign lesion) which can lead to invasive breast cancer.
In a previous study that was published the Journal of the American Medical Association, which also acts as Colditz researchers found, there has been a moderate increase in risk of breast cancer by consuming 3-6 glasses of alcohol every week on every woman, regardless of whether he has a family history of breast cancer .
“In this study, we have tried to decipher the effects of alcohol on women who have a history of breast cancer and women without a history of breast cancer. We see that the strongest effects of alcohol occur in women with a family history of breast cancer,” Colditz said.
In his research Colidtz also find interesting facts, which found no increased risk of benign breast lesions in young women (with no history of breast cancer) related to alcohol consumption. However, they seem obvious risk with increased body mass index in childhood, in adolescence, waist circumference and height.
The findings show, there are differences in risk factors between women with a history of breast cancer and those without.
“Height linked to risk of breast cancer. And some data showing explosive growth led to higher risk of developing cancer later in life. Obviously, it’s not something we can control. But if we can understand what’s going on hormones and processes in the body , and the role of physical activity and diet, we may be able to modify some of the accumulated risk of breast cancer early, “he said.