Alcohol is one of the biggest risk factors for breast cancer
Simply reducing alcohol consumption can greatly reduce the risks, says WHO/Europe
Breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer type in the WHO European Region, with 1579 women diagnosed every day. Alcohol consumption is one of the major modifiable risk factors for the disease, causing 7 of every 100 new breast cancer cases in the Region. During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, WHO encourages everyone to understand that the risk of breast cancer can be significantly reduced by simply reducing alcohol consumption.
Alcohol: the cause of nearly 40 000 new breast cancer cases
The WHO European Region has the highest rate of new breast cancer diagnoses compared to any of the other WHO regions. According to estimates from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), in 2020 alcohol consumption was responsible for almost 40 000 new breast cancer cases in the Region.
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