Do Women Ignore the Alcohol-Breast Cancer Link?


Some middle-aged women aren’t getting the message that there’s a proven link between alcohol consumption and higher breast cancer risk, say researchers at Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia. Their small study suggests women are aware of the effect alcohol could have on their weight, lifestyle, and relationships, but not their cancer risk.

The research involved 35 women aged 45 to 64 in South Australia who had never been diagnosed with cancer. The women were interviewed about their alcohol consumption, education level, and perceived breast cancer risk. Most were aware of the short-term effects of alcohol, but not the potential long-term health risks associated with drinking.

Breast cancer is one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers. According to, about 1 in 8 U.S. women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime, and an estimated 268,600 cases of invasive breast cancer and 62,930 cases of breast cancer in situ will be diagnosed in 2019.

Sourced from: PLOS One