Small Amounts of Alcohol Increase A Women's Risk of Developing Breast Cancer

November 2, 2011


Susan Domchek, MD, an associate professor in the division of Hematology-Oncology and director of the Mariann and Robert MacDonald Women's Cancer Risk Evaluation Center, is quoted in a CBS3 story about a new study showing an association between small amounts of alcohol consumption and the development of breast cancer. “Even small doses of alcohol, about three to six drinks a week, increase the risk of breast cancer slightly. These risks have to be kept in context, which is they’re still not huge elevations of risk,” Domchek said. The research only found an association, not proof that alcohol causes cancer, though Domchek noted the link is "felt to be because of its interactions with estrogen." Read More