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Forum Name: Breast Cancer

Question: worried about the impact of alcohol on cancers

 shipwrecked - Sat Aug 01, 2009 5:31 am

Hi there, I have been reading in the press about the effect of alcohol drinking in women and types of cancers.

I have a drank quite considerably over the last 10/15 years - but I am now trying to cut down how many units I have per week (I am 35). However, I am worried I have already done long terms damage to myself - and this is non reversible. If I cut down my drinks intake will that reduce my risk - or is the damage already done?
I am trying to stick to 2/3 units a day - with a few days off. Is that a reasonable amount?

Any thoughts on this would be really appreciated.
 Jan PA-C MPH - Tue Aug 04, 2009 9:50 pm

Dear shipwrecked;

You are not....shipwrecked. Whether it is alcohol use, tobacco use, physical inactivity, high fat diet. These are all risk factors for breast cancer, as well as many other 'lifestyle diseases', heart disease, pulmonary disease, obesity, etc.

Regardless of what risk factor we are talking about, limiting or better, eliminating that risk factor can remarkably improve health status no matter how long you have been exposed to that risk factor.

It is never too late to start improving your health! Start today! Take one day at a time! and get support from your primary care provider who can point you in the direction of local support groups who can help you through the rough patches as you try to make these important changes in your life!
Good Luck and let us know how you are getting on!
Kind regards,
 Dr.M.Aroon kamath - Mon Oct 12, 2009 3:20 am

User avatar Hi,
Read through your interesting post and the very good reply by Jan PA-C MPH.
Alcohol is now considerred to be a carcinogen.
Recommended maximum intake of alcohol (as recommended by the health agencies of many governments) is very variable.There is no uniform scientific evidence for the 'safe daily limit' for alcohol.
Even 'moderate' consumption has been shown to increase the risk of certain cancers.
I have nothing more to add to the wonderful recommendations of Jan PA-C MPH.


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