According to a joint survey carried out by Cancer Research UK and Bupa, less than 25% of women are aware that drinking alcohol can increase their risk of developing breast cancer.
In a bid to discover how much women know about the risks of breast cancer, women having a mammogram screening or who were being checked for symptoms were questioned about whether or not they were aware of the link. Of those who did know, at least half were unaware of how much alcohol is in a glass of wine or a pint of beer.
Every year in the UK, more than 50,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer and incredibly, more than a quarter (27%) of those cases could be prevented largely through lifestyle factors such as maintaining a healthy weight and drinking less alcohol.
Co-author of the study, Dr Ellen Copson commented:
“It’s worrying that so few of the women we questioned knew how much alcohol is in various drinks. The more alcohol you drink, the more your risk of breast cancer increases - but making a decision about whether to or how to cut back is more difficult if women aren’t sure about the alcohol content of different drinks.”
Dr Daniel Rea, chair of the NCRI Breast Cancer Clinical Studies Group also highlighted his concerns about the fact that so few women are aware of how their lifestyle choices can impact their risk of developing breast cancer. He is now calling for better information and opportunities to make women aware of the choices that can be made.
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