ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Researchers warn there is a small but clear association between light drinking and breast cancer.

This study suggests women who are light drinkers — at least one drink every single day — are at a higher risk of breast cancer development in the future.

“In the past we would consider more than three drinks everyday, would put someone at a 1.5 times higher risk of getting breast cancer than someone who didn’t drink three or more alcohol beverages everyday,” SSM Health SLU Care breast cancer surgeon Dr. Theresa Schwartz says.

Schwartz says in the new study, they are finding only one drink per day would be enough to change the hormonal levels in a woman’s body to put her at a slightly higher risk.

“If you are going to use alcohol,” Schwartz says. “It should be used in moderation and shouldn’t be something that is used everyday.”

She encourages women to minimize alcohol usage not just for a cancer risk, but for general health and known correlation with other diseases dealing with the stomach and esophagus.

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