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“This review examines three areas of study – one, the biological pathways of alcohol-linked breast cancer; two, the epidemiological risk relationship between drinking and breast cancer; and three, the global burden of breast cancer incidence and mortality that is attributable to drinking – with a focus on light drinking.”

“showed that an estimated 144,000 breast-cancer cases and 38,000 breast-cancer deaths globally in 2012 were attributable to alcohol, with 18.8% of these cases and 17.5% of these deaths affecting women who were light drinkers. The authors of the review conclude that, due to this strong relationship, and to the amount of alcohol consumed globally, the incidence of and mortality from breast cancer caused by alcohol consumption in general and caused by light alcohol consumption are large.”

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Research Society on Alcoholism. “Even light drinking may increase breast cancer risk.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 1 June 2016. <>.