Call for an instant quote
0345 90 80 161
Open Mon to Fri 09:00 - 17:30 | Sat 09:00 - 16:00 (GMT)
30 August 2013 11:05
Young women who regularly consume alcohol before motherhood risk increasing their chances of developing breast cancer
Excessive 'partying' before motherhood could increase the risk of breast cancer in young women, new research suggests.
A study from the US indicates that increased levels of drinking before a first pregnancy heightens the risk of the disease.
Every 10 gram per day increase in alcohol consumption - just over one unit, or a small glass of wine - was found to raise the risk of breast cancer by 11% in this study.
Meanwhile, for women with an intake of at least 15 grams of alcohol per day - roughly two units or a medium sized glass of wine - the risk was 34% higher than for non-drinkers.
The scientists used data from the Nurses' Health Study II, a major American study of health and lifestyle in female registered nurses that involved the analysis of 91,000 women aged 15 to 40.
They also discovered that increased alcohol consumption between the start of menstrual periods and first pregnancy raised the risk of benign breast disease (BBD), during which time a woman's breast tissue is believed to be especially sensitive to cancer triggers.
Compared to non-drinkers with a shorter duration, non-drinkers with duration of 10 or more years between menarche and first pregnancy had a 26% increased risk of breast cancer and an 81% increased risk of BBD.
In both cases a dose response was seen - the more women drank, the more their risk of disease increased.
Women who never have children, or delay becoming pregnant, were already known to be more susceptible to breast cancer, but the evidence suggests that alcohol consumed before first pregnancy may also play an important role in the development of breast cancer.
"Reducing alcohol consumption during this period may be an effective prevention strategy," concluded the researchers.
Among those with a history of full-term pregnancy in the study, 1,609 cases of breast cancer and 970 cases of BBD were recorded.
Breast cancer can be an extreme cause of anxiety, especially when on holiday, but
medical travel insurance can give sufferers the peace of mind they need to enjoy their trip.
01 December 2016
Pilots at German airline Lufthansa are on strike again after a two-day break in their campaign of walkouts.
02 December 2016
Britons are among the top spenders in Europe when it comes to holidays, new research has found.
30 November 2016
The UK should think about resuming flights to the popular tourism resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, according to a major United Nations agency.
29 November 2016
Plans are in place to develop a new aviation arrangement between the UK and US, to ensure holidaymakers can still fly between the two countries once Britain departs the EU.
26 November 2016
Hundreds of Lufthansa flights have been grounded after pilots working for the airline took part in a strike.
25 November 2016
The US is warning its citizens that Europe is facing a "heightened risk of terror attacks" at Christmas markets and other seasonal holiday events.
24 November 2016
A groundbreaking radiotherapy machine that can track the changing position of tumours in real time will soon be used to treat cancer patients in the UK.
23 November 2016
Top airline bosses are urging the government to scrap air passenger duty ahead of Wednesday's Autumn Statement.
22 November 2016
Winter sun is now the most popular holiday type, according to new research conducted by travel experts.
19 November 2016
A holiday price increase of 10% on trips to Europe could cause tourists to postpone their getaways next year, experts are warning.
18 November 2016
British citizens will no longer be able to travel freely to Europe without paying a "travel tax" or filling in visa forms under plans unveiled by Brussels.
17 November 2016
London mayor Sadiq Khan has signalled his support for a legal challenge to the expansion of Heathrow airport.