Medicine: Should Women Drink Less?

New studies link alcohol consumption to breast cancer

Of all malignancies, breast cancer is perhaps the one most feared by women, and with good reason. For one thing, it is the most common form of cancer found in women: about one in ten will eventually be stricken, and the American Cancer Society estimates that 130,000 new cases will be diagnosed this year alone. For another, it will cause approximately 41,000 deaths among females in 1987, second only to a projected total of 44,000 for the less prevalent but deadlier lung cancer. And even when breast cancer is successfully treated, that success is often accompanied by permanent disfigurement and psychological...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!