Alcohol and breast cancer: few women know the risks
Alcohol breaks down DNA
Alcohol is well known to be harmful to health and more specifically to the liver. However, few women know that alcohol consumption also increases the risk of breast cancer. Various studies have highlighted the mechanisms of alcohol transformation and their impact on the body.
Alcohol contains ethanol which, once ingested, is released into the bloodstream. The alcohol is then transformed by the liver into acetaldehyde and spreads throughout the body, including the breast. Acetaldehyde is a definite carcinogen capable of disrupting DNA by causing deletions. This mechanism increases the development of cancerous lesions. While these results are not surprising to researchers, they regret that awareness messages have so little impact.