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CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, January 16 - January 22, 1998 - 35 Cancer Watch Alcohol may be facto:in br TM d Limiting alcohol consumption to a moderate level (about one drink per day) is recommended to reduce a woman&apos;s risk for breast cancer, according to information presented at a symposium of the American Institute for Cancer Re- search (AICR). AICR grantee Keith Singletary, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, said that the increased breast can- cer risk connected to drinking ap- pears to be modest, and more re- search needs to be conducted to determine the influence of other factors on the alcohol-breast can- cer relationship. "We need to know more about the timing of alcohol consump- tion, nutritional factors, body weight, effects on hormone pro- duction and drinking patterns," said Singletary. He noted that "high alcohol consumption - three or more drinks per day - is associ- ated with a number of cancers of the head and neck, including mouth, larynx and esophagus." Reports in the past two years have cited studies that found a glass of red wine per day can help  need to know more about the tim- ing of alcohol con- sumption, nutritional effects on hormone production and drinking patterns. "' - Keith Singletary reduce risk for heart disease, but these results have led to some confusion over other studies showing that any alcohol at all in a woman's diet may be linked to breast cancer development. Singletary noted that although there is considerable evidence from studies in many different countries to support a connection between alcohol intake and breast cancer risk, the effect appears to be modest. There has been enough variability and inconsis- tency within them to make health experts ask for additional infor- mation before drawing concrete conclusions regarding exactly how much alcohol can increase ..,tSl C: the risk of breast cancer. More than 180,000 new breast cancer cases were diagnosed in 1997, and of those, 570 cases were in Delaware. Although ge- netic predisposition is a factor in breast cancer development, re- searchers say some of the risk for the disease can still be controlled to a large extent through maintain- ing healthy eating and lifestyle habits. Because surveys show that more than 50 percent of American women drink, the influence of al- cohol on breast cancer has come under scrutiny. Even though the link to breast cancer appears to be modest, Singletary said the health benefits gained by reducing alco- hol intake to low or moderate lev- els (about one drink per day) are significant. "Drinking low to moderate lev- els of alcohol can reduce your risk for other aerodigestive tract can- cers, reduce your risk for coronary heart disease, and can reduce some of the adverse psychosocial effects of heavy drinking," said Singletary. He advised individuals to con- sider their own personal risk for breast cancer when deciding how an( predisposition much to drink. Women with high- er breast cancer risk may want to minimize alcohol intake until more is known about its influence. For lower cancer risk, the AICR advises consumers to drink in moderation, if at all; to eat plenty of vegetables, fruits and whole grains; and to get regular physical exercise. For a free brochure about alco- hol and cancer, send a stamped (52 cents postage), self-addressed envelope to the American Institute for Cancer Research, Dept. AC, Washington, D.C. 20069. FREE ANONYMOUS HIVTESTING Sussex County AIDS NEW HOURS in '98 4 6pm Briefl; Bosom Buddies to meet Jan. 20 at Beebe Beebe Medical Center will sponsor "Bosom Buddies," for women living with breast cancer, at 3 p.m. every third Tuesday. The next meeting will be held on Jan. 20. Call 645-3770 for more infor- mation. Cancer support group meets Jan. 29 at Kent The "We Can Cope" cancer support group will hold its month- ly meeting on Thursday, Jan. 29, from 7 to 9 p.m. The meeting will be held at Bayhealth Medical Center-Kent General Hospital, in the Outpa- tient Rehabilitation Center, 560 South Governors Ave., Dover. We Can Cope is for cancer pa- tients, their families and friends. Meetings are open to anyone in- terested in cancer and its manage- ment. The public is invited to at- tend. For more information, call 302- 674-7135. Fitness Tip of the Week Tobacco Free Delaware offers smokers quit tips As a result of a series of adver- tisements on the risks of smoking and the rewards of quitting, To- bacco Free Delaware has received hundreds o.f oMIs from. smokers E,]l-I ) ?l . "t.(! ,lllilRfti who want to know how to "kick the habit." Victor DeNoble, program man- ager, is concerned that smokers recognize that tobacco use is not a habit but a disease called addic- tion. "Our series of info-ads ad- dressed the therapies available to smokers who want to end a seri- ous addiction,' DeNoble said, adding that there are many meth- ods available for smokers who want to quit, including a new pre- scription medication designed to help smokers deal with the crav- ings and mood swings associated with nicotine withdrawal. To receive copies of any of the info ads, call Tobacco Free Delaware at 302-655-7258. 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