Breast disease linked to regular drinking in young women

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Findings related to breast disease were released from the American Academy of Pediatrics in a statement that warned against adolescent drinking. According to the data, with every drink consumed per day among girls ages 15 to 22 there is a 50% increased risk of biopsy-confirmed benign breast disease. Girls who drank daily were at a 5.5-fold risk (95% CI 1.23 to 24.53), compared to those who never drank or drank less than once a week. “If future work confirms our findings, clinician efforts to delay the onset of alcohol consumption and to reduce amounts consumed may prevent some cases of benign breast disease and breast cancer,” they wrote in Pediatrics. Click here to read an article from Medpage Today that discusses this study more.

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