Alcohol consumption linked to the risk of breast cancer

Dr Darren Green looks at the association between alcohol consumption and the risk of breast cancer in women.

Still celebrating cancer awareness month, Pippa Hudson focuses specifically Breast Cancer and South Africa is ranked 50th on the list of countries with the highest cancer prevalence, according to the World Cancer Research Fund.

Research also shows that one in 29 South African women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.

CapeTalk’s Pippa Hudson spoke to Dr Darren Green, resident GP as well as Janet Gourand, Breast cancer survivor.

The doctor took one look at my breast and she said you have malignant tumour in your breast. To me my breast looked very normal, no lumps, no pain or anything like that.

Janet Gourand, Breast cancer survivor

Listen to the full conversation on The Pippa Hudson Show:

Gourand says the breast cancer was an out of the blue experience but it was the support from friends and family that helped her to pull through.

According to Dr Green, doctors are finding certain lifestyles contributing to the increased incidents of cancer. He says people need to watch what they consume.

Alcohol consumption is a major risk factor for certain kinds of cancer and Gourand is also the founder of World Without Wine, which is a social network encouraging men and women to remain sober or at least to drink only moderately.


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