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Alcohol consumption increases the risk of fatal breast cancer (United States).

​Alcohol consumption may increase the odds of dying from breast cancer in post-menopausal women.

This study examined alcohol use in relation to mortality from breast cancer. Researchers at the American Cancer Society tracked the alcohol consumption rates of 242,010 women for 14 years. A total of 1,442 deaths from breast cancer were recorded throughout the duration of the study.

The research team discovered that postmenopausal women who regularly drink beer, wine, and liquor had 30% higher chances of dying from breast cancer than non consumers of alcoholic beverages. On the other hand, alcohol consumption was found to have no significant effect on breast cancer mortality risk in pre- and peri-menopausal women. The results of this study show that high breast cancer mortality risk is associated with low, moderate, and heavy alcohol consumption.

Research Summary Information

  • 2001
  • Feigelson HS, Calle EE, Robertson AS, Wingo PA, Thun MJ.
  • American Cancer Society, National Home Office, Department of Epidemiology and Surveillance Research, Atlanta, GA 30329-4251, USA.
  • No, Free full text of study was not found.
  • No. Source of funding disclosure not found
  • No. Potential conflicts disclosure not found
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