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.
Hampton T. Alcohol and Breast Cancer. JAMA. 2003;290(24):3186. doi:10.1001/jama.290.24.3186-a