Before you dive in, keep in mind that different sites may use different studies, studies done a long time ago, or only one study. This means that the estimate given for the increased risk of breast cancer from alcohol may vary from site to site. This doesn’t mean one site is “wrong” or another is “right,” but that science has produced a range of estimates of what this risk is. The take-away? Regardless of the particular differences in numbers, this risk is real and meaningful.

Breast Cancer

Breast Health and Breast Cancer Prevention

A nonprofit organization that offers information on hundreds of health topics in both English and Spanish.

We all need a little love right now.  So here’s a comforting guide to caring for your breasts. 

Straight-up talk on risks and how to prevent breast cancer. It even debunks some of the stuff that just isn’t true. Very helpful.

Huge and informative report (free download) on how to keep your breasts healthy.  If you want to read just one source, this is it.

Comprehensive breast cancer prevention information.

Check Your Breasts

This is our favorite breast-check video out there. It’s easy to follow, informative, and made by a foundation that really cares.

It’s the Mayo Clinic. ‘Nuff said.

How to do a breast self-exam. Helpful pictures take you through what to do if you find a lump or something unusual.

Found a Lump?

If you feel something weird, don’t panic. This is a fast and easy read that talks about the common finds, like ridges and whether lumps move—stuff we all need to know.

Everything you ever wanted to know about breast lumps. Clear. Precise. Informative.

Breast Cancer Risk Factors

This organization is dedicated to preventing breast cancer and supporting those who develop it. Their risk guide is easy to follow, but don’t stop there—browse the site for lots of good information.

Pretty exhaustive list of risk factors, some you can control and other’s you can’t.

Staying Healthy

Tons of information on hundreds of health topics. Go here. Read. Learn. Share.

Medically-reviewed information that focuses on lots of diseases and conditions, including cancer.

Their goal is to save lives. Simple as that. Plus, you can learn about the latest breakthroughs in cancer research.

Breast Cancer Research

AACR is the oldest (over 110 years old!) and largest scientific organization in the world focused on every aspect of cancer research. Cool.

Everything there is to know about cancer research. You can even take a virtual tour of the IARC Biobank or apply to summer school. Super cool.

BCPP’s Paths to Prevention report is an excellent tool for communities to help reduce breast cancer.  It’s not just about personal choices!

Alcohol and Your Health (including cancer)

They take a look at research from around the world and how drinking affects your risk. This is not just about breast cancer, but all cancers.

Wow. This is the place to go if you have a question about alcohol and cancer. Packed full of information, videos, stats and more.

The primary US source for facts on drinking and health. Like what’s a drink, alcohol use and COVID-19, and lots and lots and lots of extremely useful information.

From the UK, this interactive and informative site takes you through risks, facts, and provides advice and support. You can also sign up to track your drinks and calorie intake.

Personal story

Here’s a personal story about a women who got breast cancer and then learned that alcohol is a risk factor. She tells the story of the science, the role of the alcohol industry, and reflects on on how she’s thought about alcohol and how that’s changed.

Apps to Help Track Your Drinking

If you find all the drink size stuff confusing (it is!), this app will convert your drinks to standard units so you know how much you’re drinking.

This app from the UK helps you know how much you’re drinking so you can drink less. Take their quiz to find out how risky your drinking is.

Track your drinking. Stay motivated. Be healthier. Boom.

Government Resources

Great info on breast cancer, current studies, and CDC-supported community programs.

Love research? Want to know stuff? The National Library of Medicine’s databases are where to start and end your search.

Learn about research being conducted by the National Cancer Institute and find information on clinical trials.