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Study: Breast Cancer Risk Higher For Females Who Drink Alcohol When Young

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File photo of bottles of alcohol. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (CBS St. Louis) – Researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine have found that teenage and young adult women who consume alcohol are more likely to develop breast cancer later in life.

According to Nature World News, the team involved in the study found that just one shot of liquor or glass of wine could increase risk of breast disease by 15 percent. Though the lesions that allegedly develop in breast tissue because of this behavior are benign, they can reportedly increase a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer by 500 percent.

“More and more heavy drinking is occurring on college campuses and during adolescence, and not enough people are considering future risk,” study co-author Dr. Graham Colditz was quoted as saying by the website. “But, according to our research, the lesson is clear – if a female averages a drink per day between her first period and her first full-term pregnancy, she increases her risk of breast cancer by 13 percent.”

More than 91,000 women were said to have participated in the Nurses’ Health Study II between 1989 and 2009, which collected the information used by the team to reach their conclusion.

The National Survey on Drug Use and Health, conducted in 2011, found that 25 percent of people between the ages of 12 and 20 have confessed to drinking alcohol. Approximately 16 percent additionally said they have participated in binge drinking.

The findings of the study were published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, Nature World News learned.

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