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Teen drinking linked to breast disease

Disease is a known risk factor for cancer


 

According to a new study, young women who drink alcohol could put themselves at higher risk of developing the breast disease that is a known risk factor for cancer, Reuters reports. In a study from Harvard Medical School, researchers looked at nearly 6,900 women aged 16 to 23 and found those who drank six or seven days a week had more than five times the odds of developing benign breast disease years later. This disease is characterized by hard lumps in the breast which can turn cancerous, as well as irregular cysts, sensitive nipples, itching and discomfort.

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Teen drinking linked to breast disease

  1. It is my hypothesis of 1994 that increased testosterone increases breast cancer, as well as other cancers, (International Journal of Cancer 2005; 115: 497). Alcohol consumption by women increases their testosterone (Cancer Causes Control. 2006 Oct;17(8):1033-43). I suggest the findings of Berkey, et al., may be explained by increases in testosterone caused by alcohol consumption.

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