Thursday, September 16, 2010

Marchman Act Blog: Studies Shed Light on Breast Cancer and Alcohol Link

Two new studies examine why some women who drink alcohol are at higher risk for breast cancer or recurrence of the disease than others.

Previous research established alcohol as a risk factor for breast cancer, but "few studies have evaluated how alcohol-related risk varies by breast cancer subtype," wrote Christopher I. Li, M.D., Ph.D., of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and colleagues in the first study.

Medical News Today reported Aug. 23 that the researchers looked at tumor subtypes, alcohol consumption, and health and lifestyle characteristics of 2,944 participants in the Women's Health Initiative (a long-term study of health outcomes in postmenopausal women) who had invasive breast cancer.
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