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Daily drink raises cancer risk in women

Drinking just one small glass of wine a day increases a woman's risk of developing a range of cancers, according to an Oxford University study.

Researchers found women who had one alcoholic drink a day were 6% more likely to develop cancer by age 75 than those who did not drink at all.

The study, which examined one million women aged 50 and over, suggests that 7,000 cases of cancer per year are caused by drinking a 125ml glass of wine a day.

Women who consume two glasses of wine a day double their risk of contracting cancer, the study found.

‘We know that too much alcohol increases the risk of a number of cancers,’ Sara Hiom, director of health information at Cancer Research UK, told The Daily Telegraph.

‘This latest study shows that even relatively low levels of drinking increase a woman’s risk of developing cancer.’

Written by Lucy Shaw

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