Early Adult Drinking Breast Cancer Link, Study Finds

ATLANTA (WAOK) – Teenagers and young women who drink are more likely to develop breast cancer, a new study says. Researchers from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis found that a woman who averages one drink per day between her first period and her first full-term pregnancy increases her risk of developing breast cancer by 13-percent. One of the researchers says parents should educate their daughters about the link between drinking and the risk of breast cancer because “the time period is very critical.” The 20-year study, from 1989 to 2009, focused on more than 90-thousand mothers. The study is published in the “Journal of the American Cancer Institute.”

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