Link between alcohol and breast cancer ignored by women most at risk: researcher

(Technology — Middle-aged women in Australia aren’t getting the message about the proven link between alcohol consumption and breast cancer, a Flinders University researcher says.

At a time when more women aged between 45 and 64 years are drinking, cancer rates in their age bracket also are increasing, the study finds.

“There is a low level of awareness about the established link between alcohol and breast cancer, and some confusion about the risk given the community perception that not all drinkers get breast cancer,” says study lead author Dr Emma Miller, from the College of Medicine and Public Health at Flinders University.

“So it’s really important to understand the patterns and drivers behind drinking behavior in order to develop policies and interventions that might reduce the increasing burden on the women and our health system.” (…)

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