Two weeks ago at Be Well Boot Camp, I moderated a fascinating panel discussion with two of the area’s best and brightest breast doctors: Marisa Weiss, director of breast radiation oncology at Lankenau Medical Center and founder of Breastcancer.org, and Beth DuPree, our 2012 Health Hero and top breast surgeon at Holy Redeemer. We chatted about breast-cancer risk factors, how and why to do self-breast exams, Angelina Jolie’s mastectomy (of course), and how to lower your breast-cancer odds.
One of the biggest prevention tips that’s been ringing in my ears for the past two weeks is cutting down on alcohol consumption. Dr. Weiss explained that regular drinking increases a woman’s risk for hormone-receptor-positive breast cancer by boosting levels of estrogen and other hormones. Listen to this:
Compared to women who don’t drink at all, women who have three alcoholic drinks per week have a 15% higher risk of breast cancer. Experts estimate that the risk of breast cancer goes up another 10% for each additional drink women regularly have each day.
Ugh. None of that sounds good.
Dr. DuPree said she’s managed to cut way back on her red-wine habit without sacrificing the unwind-with-a-drink ritual. Her trick? Mocktails. Dr. DuPree’s go-to is a concoction of antioxidant-rich pomegranate juice and seltzer, which looks a heckuva lot like red wine but without the breast-cancer-risk-increasing side effects. Smart, right?
If you want to cut back, too, here are 12 delicious mocktail recipes to help you get started.