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Did you know alcohol can cause breast cancer?

Breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer type in the WHO European Region, with more than 1,500 women diagnosed every day. Alcohol consumption is one of the major modifiable risk factors for the disease, causing seven of every 100 new breast cancer cases in the region. Low-level drinkers run a slightly higher risk of breast cancer, while heavy drinkers have a 60% higher risk.

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Alcohol is one of the biggest risk factors for breast cancer, World Health Organization, October 2021

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