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Limit or avoid alcohol.  A link exists between alcohol consumption and breast cancer. 


Research has suggested that there is no safe level of alcohol consumption to prevent an increased risk of cancer; however, because of the potential benefits of alcohol consumption on coronary heart disease, recommendations for cancer prevention include limiting alcohol intake to no more than 1 drink per day for women.  


In a 2007 report from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, it was noted that the World Cancer Research Fund revealed the risk of breast cancer increased with the consumption of just a few drinks per week.  Further to this, the risk is increased with the more alcohol consumed.


The type of alcohol - wine, beer or mixed drinks - makes no difference. 


For additional information about alcohol as a risk factor for breast and other cancers see Other Risk Factors.

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