Dr. Marchese shares if there is a connection between cancer and alcohol.
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Dr. Marianne Marchese: I am Dr. Marianne Marchese. I am a naturopathic physician. I specialize in women’s health and environmental medicine and I practice in two locations in the Phoenix, Scottsdale area. My Scottsdale office is at Naturopathic Specialist and my Phoenix office is at Naturopathic Family Care. Is there a connection between alcohol and cancer? Dr. Marianne Marches: Yes, there is a connection. Mostly, most of the research is done on breast cancer and we know from numerous studies and the CDC has even looked into this also is that women who have more than one to two drinks a day, have increased risk of ER- and PR-positive breast cancer; ER/PR means estrogen-receptor positive and progesterone-receptor positive breast cancer. So what I guide my patients on is to limit alcohol intake to no more than five drinks a week, so three to five is the safe average for breast cancer prevention.