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Study: Consuming one alcoholic beverage per day can increase breast cancer risk

Study: Consuming one alcoholic beverage per day can increase breast cancer risk. (WGXA-TV)

MACON, Ga. -- A new study by the American Institute for Cancer Research found that drinking one alcoholic beverage per day can increase your risk for breast cancer.

The study indicates that this risk also increases with age.

Dr. Paul Dale, a surgical oncologist at Navicent Health, said that doctors and researchers have known for some time that increased alcohol use can affect the risk for breast cancer. However, he said that this new study shows that alcohol may have a bigger impact than previously thought.

Dale said that he believes that the goal of this study is to sound the alarm for women that increased alcohol can have massive health risks.

To reduce your risk for breast cancer, he encouraged considering cutting back on alcohol intake and getting regular exams, especially if you are over 40 years old.

Dale also said that it doesn't matter what kind of alcohol you are consuming, be it wine, liquor or beer; alcohol is alcohol.

However, he said that the reasons for why alcohol increases the risk for breast cancer and other cancers is unclear.

Dale also encouraged watching your diet and making sure you are eating well in order to stay healthy and reduce your risk for cancer.

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