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Content Spotlight: Breast Cancer Risk Factors

Drinking Alcohol

Research consistently shows that drinking alcoholic beverages increases a woman's risk of breast cancer, particularly hormone-receptor-positive breast cancer. Alcohol also may increase breast cancer risk by damaging DNA in cells.

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Exposure to Chemicals in Cosmetics

Researchers are studying parabens and phthalates -- two chemicals found in many cosmetics and personal care products -- for links to breast cancer.

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Light Exposure at Night

The results of several studies suggest that women who work at night have a higher risk of breast cancer compared to women who work during the day. Other research suggests that women who live in areas with high levels of external light at night have a higher risk of breast cancer.

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