A large U.S. study has linked alcohol consumption to an increased risk of the most common type of breast cancer in postmenopausalwomen.

The analysis of data from more than 184,000 women is the biggest of three major studies to conclude that drinking raises the risk of breast cancer for older women, Jasmine Lew, a researcher at the National Cancer Institute and the study’s lead investigator said on Sunday.

The research found that women who had one to two small drinks a day were 32 percent more likely to develop a hormone-sensitive tumor. Three or more drinks a day raised the risk by 51 per cent.

“Regardless of the type of alcohol, the risk was evident,” said Lew, presenting the findings here at a meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research.

One question I have would be what other types of environmental exposures are these individuals exposed too?

As a consumer with concerns about the unnecessary and preventable environmental exposures linked with cancer I am interested in seeing scientists take a complete look at the outcomes of the “collective” environmental exposures relative to the environment, human health and specifically cancer.

For if we are to prevent cancer-causing exposures, both the known and the suspected it is important to have a complete story for consumers based on sound science.

Clearly people have been drinking since the beginning of time�what then is different?

Even alcohol use in some demographics has tapered off, where some statistics are showing less drinking as opposed to more?

If we were to have people stop drinking would we then see a drop in cancer rates the way we have with some demographics and smoking?

What then is new? Has something been added to the mix to reflect increased cancer rates?

For instance in this study I am curious about wine drinkers? Would something as obvious as the pesticides used to protect grapes have a negative outcome for human health to include cancer?

This information is interesting but it is part of a story, with seemingly more unanswered questions than answered.

Its important to remember that our environment is the proverbial mirror for human health.


Bill Couzens, Founder