Alcohol-related breast cancer in the UK on the steepest growth rates ever

So many people are plain unaware that one of the biggest risk factors for breast cancer (which hits one in seven women in the West now), is simply “drinking alcohol”.

“It’s concerning to see a rise in the number of alcohol-related breast cancer admissions here in the North East and it goes to show how important it is to make women aware of the link between alcohol and breast cancer. In my experience, many women are often very surprised to find out that drinking alcohol can increase their risk of not only developing breast cancer but also of recurrence. I would encourage women to assess how much alcohol they are drinking and cut back…”

Dr Wendy Carr, a breast physician at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, December 2014.

New numbers from ‘Balance, the North East Alcohol Office’ on December 8, 2014:

  • Six women with alcohol-related breast cancer, are admitted to hospital every day now in the North East
  • Alcohol-related breast cancer hospital admissions are up +13% in four years
  • 2,109 alcohol-related breast cancer hospital admissions were admitted in 2012/13
  • Just one drink a day can increase a woman’s risk of developing the disease
  • Almost 70% of women in the North East don’t realise that the more they drink the greater their risk of developing breast cancer

Posted: Wednesday 20 May 2015