Say no to cancer-causing booze

By Estelle Piencenaves, December 02, 2011

"Oh girls just wanna have fun…" goes the lyrics of a popular song. But if you're idea of having fun involves binge drinking, be warned.

An article published on the health and fitness page of the website cites the results of a ten-year study (1996 to 2006) suggesting that drinking booze increases the risk of women in developing breast cancer, even greater for those with a family history.

The senior author of the study, Dr. Graham Colditz of Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis says that out of the more than 9,000 women who participated in the study, young women who had a family history of breast cancer but didn't drink alcohol had a "substantially lower risk of developing benign lesions than those who did drink."

He also stressed that the main message of these results is that women should start prevention from as early as the adolescent years—a time when many girls are binge drinking.

It's best to inform young girls with a family history of the disease (a mother or an aunt) to abstain from alcohol especially during the teen and young adult years when breast cells are very vulnerable to carcinogens.