Alcohol might increase risk of breast cancer in young women -

Alcohol might increase risk of breast cancer in young women

(CBS News) -- New research shows alcohol might be linked to benign breast disease in young women. A new study that looked at 16 to 23-year-olds found the more they drank, the higher their risk.

Benign breast disease is a mixed group of different conditions like lumps or cysts, and they can be a warning sign. "They're just thought the be a marker for increased risk of breast cancer," said Dr. Rulla Tamimi of the Brigham and Women's Hospital study. "We consider them altogether; women have about a 50 percent increased risk of developing breast cancer."

Young women who drank six to seven days per week had more than five times the risk of benign breast disease than young women who never drank. Women who drank three to five days per week had three times the risk.

"I think this really says that perhaps women should really consider modifying their alcohol intake," said Tamimi.

The findings are a wake-up call after a study last year that found binge drinking among college women in their early 20s reached a whopping 38 percent in 2006. Even with all of this evidence, it still might be hard to convince young women to abstain.


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