Familial Risk of Breast Cancer Raised by Alcohol
[07/30/2001; Reuters Health]
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Drinking alcohol daily may
more than double the risk of developing breast cancer
among women with a close relative with the disease, but is unlikely
to have an effect among women with no such family history, a
study at the Mayo Clinic found.
``Our findings suggest that women
with a family history of breast cancer, primarily close relatives,
are placing themselves at further risk by consuming alcohol daily,''
co-author author Dr. Thomas A. Sellers, professor of epidemiology
at the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center in Rochester, Minnesota, told
Earlier studies have found a link between breast
cancer and drinking, but this was the first study to specify
that women who drank daily and had a close blood relative with
the disease were at greater risk than those with more distant
relatives with breast cancer.
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