Alcohol and Female Cancer Prevention

Alcohol use can increase risk for several types of cancer,

The more alcohol you consume the greater the caner risk is

The cancers of the upper airway and digestive tracts appear to be the most sensitive to cancers.

Avoiding alcohol is one of the best cancer preventions you can do

Breast cancer is a risk that is increased by alcohol, and even binge drinking is related to cancers.

In the studies of post menopausal hormone use, association of alcohol intake was the greatest for cancer risk.

Some evidence shows that adding folate to diet or with supplements may decrease risk of breast cancer, particularly in hormone users.

In the USA much bread is fortified with folate so that consumption of supplements may not be necessary to lower breast cancer risk if you drink and take hormone therapy.

Alcohol can affect circulating levels of estrogens and androgens, and can affect DNA damage, and the ability of the body to fight off invasive cancer cells..

Females can be at increased risk of cancers of the whole GI and oral tract if they consume alcohol, especially compared to individuals who do not consume alcohol.

Liver cancers are also increased in diagnosis in those who drink the most.

Knowing one’s individual risk factors for cancer, especially when selecting hormone therapy, is important.

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Suzanne Trupin, MD, Board Certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist and owner of Women's Health Practice, Hada Cosmetic Medicine, and Hatha Yoga and Fitness

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