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Alcohol Boosts Risk of Breast Cancer

Researchers have long suspected that regular alcohol consumption increases a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer. Now a seven-year study of nearly 2,000 women who had been treated for early-stage breast cancer suggests that the risk of recurrence was greater among women who consumed three or four alcoholic beverages a week. Older, overweight women were more vulnerable to this effect.
[Journal of Clinical Oncology, online August 30, 2010]

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Terry Graedon, PhD, is a medical anthropologist and co-host of The People’s Pharmacy radio show, co-author of The People’s Pharmacy syndicated newspaper columns and numerous books, and co-founder of The People’s Pharmacy website. Terry taught in the Duke University School of Nursing and was an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology. She is a Fellow of the Society of Applied Anthropology. Terry is one of the country's leading authorities on the science behind folk remedies..
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