Ellen Copson,a associate professor of medical oncology at University of Southampton, said “There are ways women can potentially reduce their breast cancer risk — including drinking less alcohol and keeping a healthy weight. But most of the women we questioned did not know this.”
In order to study the causes, some 206 women were questioned by the researchers, who were undergoing breast screening mammogram or were at a clinic having possible breast cancer symptoms checked out, then they they discovered that less than a quarter knew that alcohol could increase their breast cancer risk.
Moreover, obesity was also found to be one of the prime cause in less than a third of the women as recognised by the researchers.
And shockingly almost a quarter of the women (23 percent) were unable to name any risk factors for breast cancer at all.
The researchers were keen to know more about the awareness of this nasty condition among wome in order to help women eradicate this breast cancer named risk by being aware of its causes at mammogram or clinic appointments.
The study also found that at least half of the women did not know what quantity of alcohol was in a glass of wine and a pint of beer.
“It is also worrying that so few of the women we questioned knew how much alcohol was in various drinks,” Copson noted.
The study was presented at the National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) Cancer Conference in Liverpool, Britain.