Ladies, put down that drink and put on your gym shoes.
Scientists have known for a while now that alcohol is a carcinogen. But what’s new, is how very little alcohol raises the risk of breast cancer. Meanwhile, exercise, especially vigorous exercise, greatly reduces that risk.
When it comes to breast cancer, new research shows drinking just a tiny amount significantly raises the risk. According to to a report by the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) and the World Cancer Research Fund drinking just 10 grams of alcohol a day can increase the risk of breast cancer in older women (postmenopausal) by 9% and younger women (premenopausal) by 5%. Ten grams is .35 ounces. A standard drink has 14 grams of alcohol. Research shows more alcohol is even more damaging.