Research Shows alcohol is linked to Breast Cancer

Recently published research indicates that drinking alcohol can increase the chances of a woman contracting breast cancer. Cancer Research UK were impressed by the study and have called for further investigation into alcohol's effects on the body.For some time now scientists and researchers have been aware of the damage that alcohol can cause not only do to bodily functions and behaviours, but to body organs as well. Recent research by a team in the US have focused their studies on exactly how alcohol damages us physically and found that their investigations clarify that there is a direct link alcohol and breast cancer.


The FA-BRCA network

First published in “Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research”, the study reflected the link between the action of alcohol and subsequent arousal of the FA-BRCA network within the body. It was found that when alcohol was ingested the FA-BRCA network was brought into play.

When alcohol is introduced into the body it is converted into a chemical called acetaldehyde. It is at this point that the FA-BRCA network is triggered in to action. In the human body, the FA-BRCA network seems to be particularly important in protecting against breast cancer and carrying out repair. It therefore follows that the alcohol in its converted state was causing a threat that warranted protection from cells that could guard against cancer. Researchers have taken from these results that alcohol – and specifically ethanol – is carcinogenic to the human body in more than one area. Since the 1980’s, scientists have known that alcohol causes damage to the body. This most recent research manages to pinpoint the processes more exactly, and specifically focuses on the area of breast cancer. Cancer experts say that for every additional 10g per day of alcohol drunk, the risk of breast cancer increases by approximately 7-12%.

Leading Cancer organisation comments

Oliver Childs, who is the senior science information officer at Cancer Research UK was impressed with the results of the study and stated: “We've known for some time that alcohol is linked to several cancers, and it's likely that it causes different types of cancer in different ways. This work takes us a step closer to understanding one of the ways in which alcohol contributes to the development of breast and liver cancers - it will be interesting to see if this lab work translates into studies in people.”

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