Sunday, April 27, 2008

Another Reason Not to Drink: Cancer Risks Go Up

I continue to read about the link to breast cancer from alcohol consumption. Here is yet another article found in the Washington Post that highlights this issue. I have not had a drink since before my son was born over 14 years ago, but like many other college coeds, I did my fair share of drinking and partying back in the day. Basic highlights from this article:

  • Limit alcoholic beverages to one a day (even then you increase your risk by 10%)
  • Early exposure to alcohol can impact your risk years later
  • Consume lots of leafy green veggies as they contain folate which helps reduce your risk
  • If there is a family history of breast cancer, it's best to avoid alcohol
  • Alchohol produces excess hormones, hormones contribute to breast and prostate cancer
  • Avoid drinking if you are on hormone replacement therapy (which you should avoid like the plague)

Please share this with a black woman or teen in your life that drinks even if it is modestly, as we experience more aggressive forms of breast cancer and have higher mortality rates from this disease. In the meantime, eat lots of veggies and fruits, work that body, be positive and have fun for a long healthy happy life!

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