Researchers Find Potential Link Between Drinking Alcohol And Breast Cancer

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SAN DIEGO, April 23, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — A research team this week will present findings that they say may finally explain the link between alcohol consumption and breast cancer.

“Cells have different mechanisms to remove toxic substances, such as ethanol, the chemical name for alcohol, that represent a potential risk to them,” explains Maria de Lourdes Rodriguez-Fragoso, professor of pharmacology and toxicology at the Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Morelos in Mexico. “Unfortunately, sometimes these mechanisms produce other toxic substances, including some that are associated with the development of different types of cancer.”

At 12:25 p.m. Monday, April 23, Rodriguez-Fragoso will present her group’s work at the annual meeting of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, held in conjunction with the Experimental Biology 2012 conference in San Diego.

Alcohol consumption has long been established as a risk factor for breast cancer. But finding the direct link that makes it so has, so far, proved elusive. Now, Rodriguez-Fragoso and her collaborators think that they have found the answer, a protein called CYP2E1.

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