According to a recently released study, alcohol consumption may increase the risk of cancer for women, but some local women said that the findings will not change their lives.
Researchers at the University of Oxford in Great Britain have released a study that suggests that even one glass of wine with dinner every night could increase the risk of cancer in women.
“It’s not going to affect my two beers every other night. I will still continue to do that,” Winter Springs resident Carla McKenzie said.
Researchers studied more than one million middle-aged women in the United Kingdom and found that low to moderate consumption of alcohol increased the risk of breast, rectal and liver cancer.
Dr. Sonalee Shroff of Florida Hospital’s Cancer Institute said the results are not surprising.
“I think it supports what we as oncologists have been saying all along. You know living a healthy lifestyle really does help reduce the risk of cancer. It supports what we’ve been preaching,” Shroff said.
According to the study, the type of alcohol had no impact on the risk of cancer.
The study suggested that alcohol may account for nearly 13 percent of cancers involving the breast, liver, rectum and parts of the digestive tract.
One woman said the findings will not change the way she lives her life.
“Life is too short. There is always something out there to get you. Eat, drink and be merry I always say,” DeBary resident Barrie Freeman said.
Freeman said the results will not make her modify her drinking habits.
Previous studies have found that drinking moderate amounts of alcohol is good for heart health; however some experts said the risk for cancer associated with alcohol may outweigh the potential cardiovascular benefits.