Study: Alcohol Consumption Increases Breast Cancer Risk For Black Women


By Victor Trammell

The findings of a recently completed study by an investigative research team at the University of North Carolina has concluded that excess alcohol use by black women increases their risk for breast cancer.

The study findings were published in a medical journal called Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention. The title of the article published in this journal isAlcohol Intake and Breast Cancer Risk in African American Women from the AMBER Consortium.”

The authors of this study wrote in the report’s abstract that black women had not been the focal point of previous studies, which involved finding a direct link between excessive alcohol consumption and breast cancer in women.

However, black women were a sizable portion of the female participant population in the University of North Carolina’s study. The black female study participants were from the African American Breast Cancer Epidemiology and Risk (AMBER) Consortium.

Researchers used a specific formula for making their scientific medical determinations.

“The association between number of alcoholic drinks per week (dpw) and breast cancer was estimated using logistic regression, adjusting for potential confounders, and stratifying by breast cancer subtype,” the study’s authors wrote.

The study revealed that women who claimed to be light drinkers had a decreased risk in comparison to the women who claimed to consume alcohol regularly throughout the week.

“Findings from the analysis showed that women who drank seven or more drinks per week showed an increased risk of almost all subtypes. Moreover, women who drank 14 or more alcoholic beverages per week were 33% more likely to develop breast cancer than women who consumed four or fewer drinks per week,” read a separate report on this study by GEN Magazine.

In the study’s conclusion, a decreased level of alcohol consumption by black women was encouraged.

“Alcohol intake is a modifiable risk factor for breast cancer, and reduced intake among African American women should be encouraged,” the study’s authors concluded.

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