October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, an annual campaign when charities unite to increase awareness and raise funds to find a cure for a disease that affects 1 in 8 women in the US. The mission is to help those affected by breast cancer through early detection, education, and support services. There are several ways you can decrease your risk of getting breast cancer, including limiting alcohol consumption. Though many people know that smoking causes lung disease, and excessive drinking increases the risk of liver failure, most do not know that alcohol consumption increases the risk of breast cancer.
How does alcohol consumption increase the risk of breast cancer? Studies have shown that alcohol impairs the body’s ability to break down and absorb a variety of nutrients that may be associated with cancer risk, including vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin E. Further, alcohol increases blood levels of estrogen, a sex hormone linked to the risk of breast cancer. Alcoholic beverages may also contain a number of carcinogenic contaminants that are introduced during fermentation and production.
There are several practical ways you can help prevent breast cancer. First, and most importantly, cutting back on alcohol may be an important way for women to decrease their risk for breast cancer. In addition, yearly mammograms and routine self-checks are proactive ways to catch cancer early. Studies have also shown regular exercise, 5 days a week for 30 minutes, actually lowers estrogen levels in the blood, which decreases the risk for breast cancer. Finally, a healthy and balanced diet supports a strong immune system.
If you or a loved one are struggling with drug or alcohol addiction, call us today at (888)507-1355 for a free, confidential addiction assessment. Because of the cancer risks related to alcohol consumption, it is essential that you seek treatment for alcohol addiction. Let us walk with you on your journey to health and wholeness.
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