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Women mostly unaware of alcohol risk for breast cancer

Study highlighted need for culture change so risk posed by alcohol for breast cancer is accepted
Picture shows an older woman having a mammography scan. Alcohol use is estimated to be responsible for 5% to 11% of breast cancer cases and current evidence suggests that it is a risk factor for all age groups.

A UK study has revealed that women generally have a poor level of knowledge of the risk of breast cancer posed by consuming alcohol

Women's awareness of alcohol as a risk factor for breast cancer can be poor, according to a UK study.

Alcohol use is estimated to be responsible for 5-11% of breast cancer cases, with current evidence suggesting it is a risk factor for all age groups, the authors said.

But only one in five women attending NHS breast services correctly identified alcohol as a risk factor for breast cancer, the study showed.

Using a mixed method study design, researchers collected quantitative data from a cross-sectional survey and qualitative data from focus group and

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