Breast Cancer Prevention: Drinking Alcohol

Breast cancer prevention is linked with drinking alcohol?


Moderate drinking was linked to prevention of breast cancer prevention in this study.

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Doctors studied two hundred and fifty breast cancer patients and 250 controls. Data collection was by face-to-face interviews. The data included demographic, clinical, lifestyle, diet, and drinking patterns.

Drinking was categorized as follows.

    • Never
    • Rarely
    • Three to four times per month.
    • One to two times per week.
    • Three to four times per week.
    • Daily

Data also included form of alcoholic beverage consumed. It was red or white wine, beer, distilled spirits (liquor), or other.

Women who drank alcohol three to four times per week had reduced risk of breast cancer. That is, with breast cancer prevention. Drinking more often was linked with more risk.


Other research evidence has found benefits from folate. Women who drink alcohol and have a high folate intake are not at increased risk of breast cancer. That is, compared to abstainers. Foods rich in folate include dark green leafy vegetables, citrus, peas, and dried beans.

The American Cancer Society says there are other things that may contribute to breast cancer prevention.

    • Avoid becoming overweight.
    • Don’t have more than one alcoholic drink per day.
    • Avoid hormone replacement therapy after menopause.
    • Exercise regularly.


Be aware of breast cancer symptoms. Having some does not always mean breast cancer. But having even one is reason to see a doctor. Doing breast self-exams monthly is a good way to notice anything unusual.

These are some symptoms of breast cancer.

    • A change in how a nipple or breast feels. Nipple tenderness. Lump or thickening in a breast or armpit, or even near them.
    • A change in skin texture or bigger pores. Any change in how a nipple or breast looks. Dimpling. Swelling (especially one side only). Shrinkage (especially one side only). Nipple turned inward. Change in skin texture. Scaly, red, or swollen skin. Ridges or pitting like an orange peel.
    • An oozing or discharge from a nipple.

Any unusual change in a breast or nipple is reason enough to see a doctor. Early detection is key to cure. Better safe than sorry.

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