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Health Agencies Update
December 24/31, 2003

Alcohol and Breast Cancer

JAMA. 2003;290(24):3186. doi:10.1001/jama.290.24.3186-a

Alcohol consumption is linked to an increased incidence of hormonally sensitive breast cancer in older women, according to a report in the October issue of Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention.

The study, funded by the National Cancer Institute and conducted at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, consisted of interviews with nearly 2000 women aged 65 to 79 years, half with a history of breast cancer and half without. The researchers found that postmenopausal women who drank two or more alcoholic drinks per day had a significantly higher risk of breast cancer compared with nondrinkers.

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