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Alcohol Intake and Breast Cancer Risk in African American Women from the AMBER Consortium

Alcohol drinking is significantly related to higher risk of breast cancer.

This study investigated the breast cancer-promoting effect of alcohol. Researchers analyzed the prevalence of breast cancer and the alcohol drinking habits of 22,338 women who were part of the African American Breast Cancer Epidemiology and Risk (AMBER) Study Group. 

Researchers noticed that breast cancer occurred at a higher rate in African American women who drank 7 or more alcoholic drinks per week. A similar trend was also observed among women of European descent. This study concluded that alcohol drinking may facilitate the development of breast cancer in both black and white women.

Research Summary Information

  • 2017
  • Lindsay A Williams, Andrew F Olshan, Chi-Chen Hong, Elisa V Bandera, Lynn Rosenberg, Ting-Yuan David Cheng, Kathryn L Lunetta, Susan E McCann, Charles Poole, Laurence N Kolonel, Julie R Palmer, Christine B Ambrosone, Melissa A Troester
  • Department of Epidemiology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Department of Cancer Prevention and Control, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, New York. Cancer Prevention and Control Program, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, New Jersey. Slone Epidemiology Center, Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts. Department of Biostatistics, Boston University School of Public Health, Crosstown Center, Boston, Massachusetts. Cancer Epidemiology Program, University of Hawaii Cancer Center, Honolulu, Hawaii. Department of Epidemiology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina. troester@email.unc.edu.
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