Thursday, February 26, 2009

Are we responsible?

A new study has hit the press about the link between breast cancer and alcohol. This one found a small but significant increase in breast cancer (and other cancers) among women who drank alcohol, even moderately.

I've been following this line of research for a while now. I am a moderate drinker -- I love my glass of Chardonnay at night! -- and I don't really want to give it up. Do I really think drinking a glass of wine a day will increase my risk of breast cancer? No. Do I think that wine might raise estrogen levels in women? Possibly. But I am much more certain that estrogen-mimicking chemicals in the environment are more likely the cause of the increase in breast cancer over the past 30 years. And no one is talking about that.

It's much easier to tell women to stop drinking, and to make them feel that it's their fault that they are getting breast cancer. Personal responsibility, right? Even if that is not the whole truth, not by a longshot.


Tzipporah said...

Adena, just found your blog - you're great! (Especially loved this:

Yes, it's interesting that the companies providing all the "cancer-curing" drugs are also the ones polluting the environment, and subsidizing studies on individual patients' culpability in their condition. Not that I'm a conspiracy-theorist, but really, people, did you think we wouldn't notice?

Refuah Sheleimah.

Anonymous said...

Sounds kind of crazy to me. Sounds like a wast of millions of dollars on studies that will never make a difference. I just don't think people are going to stop drinking because of this. Everyone is trying to find something new and make a name for themselves. Just not going to make a difference.