Breast Cancer is such a prevalent disease in the world and 1 in 8 women are diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.  Over 230,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year.

Research continues to find a cure for breast cancer and all cancers.

In fact, the University of Illinois at Chicago did a new study on breast cancer and how to prevent it and the findings are interesting.  Apparently drinking beer can help prevent breast cancer in women.

Not exactly the beer, but the hops in the beer.  The hops in beer could activate certain chemicals that can help prevent tumors from forming.    A ingredient in hops does increase the rate of estrogen metabolism.

The study found:

Natural botanical dietary supplements such as hops have become increasingly popular among women for postmenopausal symptoms, as they are perceived as a safer alternative to hormone therapy, which has been linked to increased risk of breast cancer. However, the efficacy and potential toxicity of botanicals are still being studied.

Researchers led by Judy Bolton, professor and head of medicinal chemistry and pharmacognosy in the UIC College of Pharmacy, applied hops extract to two different breast cell lines to see if they would affect estrogen metabolism, a key mechanism in breast cancer. One compound, 6-prenylnarigenin, or 6-PN, increased a detoxification pathway in the cells that has been linked to a lower risk for breast cancer.

It seems the strangest things are helping the fight against breast cancer.  Who would have thought beer could help prevent the growth of tumors?

Speaking of beer, we have your opportunity to enjoy some great craft beers and get a jump start on preventing breast cancer.

The Texas Panhandle Craft Beer Festival

Saturday, August 20th

Tickets: $30 in advance/$40 at the door or $100 VIP tickets

Amarillo Civic Center North Exhibit Hall