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Alcohol Consumption and Breast Cancer Risk by Estrogen Receptor Status: In a Pooled Analysis of 20 Studies

Regular drinking of alcohol may make breast cancer more likely to occur in women.

This research work conducted a meta-analysis on previously published studies that documented the results of the association between alcohol intake and breast cancer risk. Researchers analyzed data extracted from a pool of 20 studies. 

Researchers identified a harmful association between high consumption of alcohol and increased risk of breast cancer. The data from this study indicate that habitual drinking of alcohol may fuel the development and growth of cancerous cells and tumors in the female breast.

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  • 2016
  • Seungyoun Jung, Molin Wang, Kristin Anderson, Laura Baglietto, Leif Bergkvist, Leslie Bernstein, Piet A van den Brandt, Louise Brinton, Julie E Buring, A Heather Eliassen, Roni Falk, Susan M Gapstur, Graham G Giles , Gary Goodman, Judith Hoffman-Bolton, Pamela L Horn-Ross, Manami Inoue, Laurence N Kolonel, Vittorio Krogh, Marie Lof, Paige Maas, Anthony B Miller, Marian L Neuhouser, Yikyung Park, Kim Robien, Thomas E Rohan, Stephanie Scarmo, Leo J Schouten, Sabina Sieri, Victoria L Stevens, Schoichiro Tsugane, Kala Visvanathan, Lynne R Wilkens, Alicja Wolk, Elisabete Weiderpass , Walter C Willett, Anne Zeleniuch-Jacquotte, Shumin M Zhang, Xuehong Zhang, Regina G Ziegler, Stephanie A Smith-Warner
  • Department of Nutrition, Department of Epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, MA, USA, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, USA, sjung@epi.umaryland.edu. Department of Epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, MA, USA, Department of Biostatistics, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, MA, USA. Division of Epidemiology and Community Health, School of Public Health, and Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA. Cancer Epidemiology Centre, Cancer Council Victoria, Carlton, VIC, Australia, Centre for Molecular, Environmental, Genetic and Analytic Epidemiology, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC, Australia. Department of Surgery and Centre for Clinical Research, Central Hospital, Västerås, Sweden. Division of Cancer Etiology, Department of Population Science, Beckman Research Institute and City of Hope National Medical Center, Duarte, CA, USA. Department of Epidemiology, GROW-School for Oncology and Developmental Biology, Maastricht University, Maastricht, The Netherlands. Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics, Department of Health and Human Services, National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, MD, USA. Department of Epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, MA, USA, Division of Preventive Medicine, Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA. Department of Epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, MA, USA, Channing Division of Network Medicine, Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA. Epidemiology Research Program, American Cancer Society, Atlanta, GA, USA. Division of Public Health Sciences, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, WA, USA. Department of Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD, USA. Cancer Prevention Institute of California, Fremont, CA, USA. Epidemiology and Prevention Group, Research Center for Cancer Prevention and Screening, National Cancer Center, Tokyo, Japan, AXA Department of Health and Human Security, Graduate School of Medicine, University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan. Epidemiology Program, University of Hawaii Cancer Center, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. Epidemiology and Prevention Unit, Fondazione IRCCS Istituto Nazionale dei Tumori, Milan, Italy. Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, University of Linköping, Linköping, Sweden. Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada. Division of Public Health Sciences, Department of Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis, St Louis, MO, USA. Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Milken Institute School of Public Health, George Washington University, Washington, DC, USA. Department of Epidemiology and Population Health, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY, USA. Division of Epidemiology, Department of Environmental Medicine, New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY, USA. Epidemiology and Prevention Group, Research Center for Cancer Prevention and Screening, National Cancer Center, Tokyo, Japan. Division of Nutritional Epidemiology, National Institute of Environmental Medicine, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden. Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden, Department of Community Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Tromsø, Tromsø, Norway, Department of Research, Cancer Registry of Norway, Oslo, Norway and Genetic Epidemiology Group, Folkhälsan Research Center, Helsinki, Finland. Department of Nutrition, Department of Epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, MA, USA, Channing Division of Network Medicine, Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA. Division of Preventive Medicine, Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA. Channing Division of Network Medicine, Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA. Department of Nutrition, Department of Epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, MA, USA.
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