Two Glasses of Wine a Day 'Puts Breast Cancer Risk Up by 50pc'; POSED BY MODEL
Byline: Fiona MacRae
JUST two large glasses of wine a day can raise the risk of breast cancerby more than half, research shows.
A study of almost 185,000 women found even moderate drinking significantlyincreases the risk of the disease.
A single large glass of wine a day raises the risk by almost a third.
Those who enjoy two large glasses a day are 51 per cent more likely to developbreast cancer than those who never drink.
The study - one of the largest of its kind - adds to growing evidence thatlinks alcohol to a disease that kills more than 1,000 British women a month.
Experts believe alcohol is the biggest factor behind surging rates of breastcancer in the UK - and is to blame for one in 20 of the 44,000 cases diagnosedeach year.
Drinking is also blamed for increasing numbers of women suffering liver andfertility problems.
Government statistics show a third of women are drinking beyond the recommendedlimit every week - and the middle classes are heavier drinkers than lowerearners.
In the latest study, researchers from the University of Chicago tracked thehealth and drinking habits of almost 185,000 postmenopausal women for anaverage of seven years.
Analysis showed a clear link between drinking patterns and the development ofthe most common type of breast cancer - a form that is fuelled by the sexhormones oestrogen and progesterone.
The link applied to wine, beer and spirits and held even when other factorssuch as age, weight and family history of breast cancer were taken intoaccount.
Beer raised the threat slightly more than wine, the American Association forCancer Research's annual conference in San Diego heard. …