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The Association Between Alcohol and Breast Cancer Risk: Evidence From the Combined Analysis of Six Dietary Case-Control Studies

High consumption of alcohol may increase a woman's chances of developing breast cancer.

This research work studied the alcohol-breast cancer connection hypothesis using a meta-analytic approach. Researchers analyzed data obtained from 1,575 women with breast cancer and 1,974 women without the disease who participated in 6 studies. 

Researchers discovered that women who drank an equivalent of 40 or more grams of alcohol per day had increased risk of developing breast cancer compared to non-consumers of alcoholic beverages. The findings of this study reveal high intake of alcohol may foster the development and growth of cancerous cells and tumors in the breast.

Research Summary Information

  • 1991
  • G Howe, T Rohan, A Decarli, J Iscovich, J Kaldor, K Katsouyanni, E Marubini, A Miller, E Riboli, P Toniolo
  • Epidemiology Unit, National Cancer Institute of Canada, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, Ontario.
  • No, Free full text of study was not found.
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