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A large U.S. study has linked the acid alcohol consumption to an increased risk of the most common type of breast cancer in postmenopausal women.
The analysis of data from more than 184,000 women is the biggest of three major studies to conclude that drinking the acid alcohol raises the risk of breast cancer for older women, Jasmine Lew, a researcher at the National Cancer Institute and the study's lead investigator said on Sunday.
The research found that women who had one to two small drinks a day were 32 percent more likely to develop a hormone-sensitive tumor. Three or more acidic alcoholic beverages a day raised the risk for cancerous acidic breasts by 51 per cent.
"Regardless of the type of alcohol, the risk was evident," said Lew, presenting the findings here at a meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research.
About 70 percent of women who are diagnosed with breast cancer have tumors that are positive for both the acid estrogen and the acid progesteron.
Lew said results from the NCI study lend credence to the theory that alcohol's interference with the metabolism of estrogen raises the risk of cancer.
Alcohol is a secondary metabolite of sugar fermentation and when ingested, if not eliminated through urination, is distributed into the fatty tissues, such as the breasts and the brain, in order to protect the delicate alkaline pH balance of the blood and tissue fluids.
Lew also said, "it was too early to make public health recommendations but said women should talk with their doctors to assess risk factors and consider lifestyle changes."
Similarly, a British official at the Department of Health said that women who drink more than fourteen units of alcohol a week (a unit is 10 ml or approximately one ounce) raise their risk of developing breast cancer by 50 percent. A single glass of wine can contain 3.5 units.
"Women who regularly drink too much are 50 percent more likely to develop breast cancer," said British Public Health Minister Dawn Primarolo. "And many drink too much simply because they have no idea how many alcohol units they are consuming."
Of special concern are professional women whose acidic alcohol consumption "has gone under the radar," according to Primarolo. "It's fair to say that most women don't know how much they're drinking."
Larger glass sizes may put a single glass of acidic wine over a woman's daily amount.
The key to breast and brain cancer prevention is to never drink alcohol, coffee, tea or milk. The country with the highest incidence of breast cancer is in Norway caused by a high consumption of dairy products.
Breast cancer is the second most common cancer killer of women, after lung cancer. It will be diagnosed in 1.2 million people globally this year and will kill 500,000.
The cure for breast cancer will be found in its prevention not in its treatment. And, the best way to prevent a cancerous condition is to maintain the alkaline design of the body with alkalizing lifestyle and dietary choices.