Teens drinking can increase risk of breast cancer
Nov 15, 2011
A new study conducted by researchers from Brigham & Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School found that not only does family history have an impact on increasing the risk of breast cancer for women, but so does drinking alcohol during teenage years.
The study found that those who drank as teenagers were at a higher risk of developing benign breast disease, which could lead to cancer.
"Our study suggests that adolescent females already at higher risk for breast cancer, in light of their family history, should be aware that avoiding alcohol may reduce their risk for benign breast disease as young women, which might be accompanied by reduced breast cancer risk later in life," said Dr. Catherine Berkey, a biostatistician at Brigham & Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School.
According to the Susan G. Komen Foundation, it is recommended that once a woman turns 40 she schedules annual mammograms. Those who have an extensive family history of the disease may want to start to make these appointments earlier, as it is known to be a risk factor of the disease.