UH research shows consuming alcohol increases breast cancer risk, inhibits treatment

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HOUSTON, TX - Researchers at the University of Houston discovered that consuming alcohol is a risk factor for breast cancer.

Breast cancer claimed over 40,000 lives in 2015. It accounts for 14% of all new cancer cases.

UH’s research shows that alcohol assists estrogen in driving the growth of breast cancer cells. It also diminishes the effects of the cancer drug Tamoxifen by increasing the levels of a cancer-causing gene called BRAF.

Women who already know they`re at risk for breast cancer might want to think twice before picking up that next pint. More study is needed, but researches say the way alcohol promotes BRAF could impact the treatments of other cancers, too.

If there was ever a reason to get on the wagon, got to believe trying to beat cancer ranks up there pretty high.

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