The association between alcohol and breast cancer risk: Evidence from the combined analysis of six dietary case-control studies

G. Howe, Thomas E. Rohan, A. Decarli, J. Iscovich, J. Kaldor, K. Katsouyanni, E. Marubini, A. Miller, E. Riboli, P. Toniolo, D. Trichopoulos

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Data from 1,575 cases and 1,974 controls enrolled in 6 previously conducted case-control studies of diet and breast cancer have been analysed with respect to alcohol intake. There appears to be an absence of any association between consumption of up to 40 g of alcohol per day and risk of breast cancer, and a highly statistically significant and consistent elevated risk of breast cancer for drinkers of 40 g or more of alcohol per day, for whom the relative risk, as compared with that of non-drinkers, is 1.69 (95% confidence interval 1.19 to 2.40). This association is not due to confounding by a number of diet-related factors, including total calories, fat, fibre and vitamin C.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)707-710
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Journal of Cancer
Volume47
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1991
Externally publishedYes

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Case-Control Studies
Alcohols
Breast Neoplasms
Diet
Ascorbic Acid
Fats
Confidence Intervals

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  • Oncology

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Howe, G., Rohan, T. E., Decarli, A., Iscovich, J., Kaldor, J., Katsouyanni, K., ... Trichopoulos, D. (1991). The association between alcohol and breast cancer risk: Evidence from the combined analysis of six dietary case-control studies. International Journal of Cancer, 47(5), 707-710.

The association between alcohol and breast cancer risk : Evidence from the combined analysis of six dietary case-control studies. / Howe, G.; Rohan, Thomas E.; Decarli, A.; Iscovich, J.; Kaldor, J.; Katsouyanni, K.; Marubini, E.; Miller, A.; Riboli, E.; Toniolo, P.; Trichopoulos, D.

In: International Journal of Cancer, Vol. 47, No. 5, 1991, p. 707-710.

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Howe, G, Rohan, TE, Decarli, A, Iscovich, J, Kaldor, J, Katsouyanni, K, Marubini, E, Miller, A, Riboli, E, Toniolo, P & Trichopoulos, D 1991, 'The association between alcohol and breast cancer risk: Evidence from the combined analysis of six dietary case-control studies', International Journal of Cancer, vol. 47, no. 5, pp. 707-710.
Howe, G. ; Rohan, Thomas E. ; Decarli, A. ; Iscovich, J. ; Kaldor, J. ; Katsouyanni, K. ; Marubini, E. ; Miller, A. ; Riboli, E. ; Toniolo, P. ; Trichopoulos, D. / The association between alcohol and breast cancer risk : Evidence from the combined analysis of six dietary case-control studies. In: International Journal of Cancer. 1991 ; Vol. 47, No. 5. pp. 707-710.
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