Alcohol and Breast Cancer in the Elderly

Among young and middle-aged women the risk of breast cancer is very low and even with heavy alcohol consumption their risk remains low. At age 25, the chance of developing breast cancer is one in 15,000.

However, the risk of breast cancer increases with age. By the age of 80, breast cancer will affect 8.8 of every 100 women. One drink a day raises the risk about one percentage point. Consuming six drinks a day raises the risk by about four percentage points.

Fortunately, it appears that the consumption of folates can dramatically reduce the effects of alcohol on breast cancer.


Reference:

  • Alcohol Increases Breast Cancer Risk. BBC News, November 12, 2002. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/2445273.stm.

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