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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Black Women Who Drink 7 or More Alcoholic Beverages Per Week Have an Increased Risk of Developing This Disease

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New research shows that African-American women who drink seven or more alcoholic beverages per week have an increased risk of developing breast cancer. Their risk increases to 33 percent if they drink 14 or more alcoholic beverages per week.

The study involved 22,338 women from the African American Breast Cancer Epidemiology and Risk (AMBER) Consortium. The study was the first to investigate the effects of alcohol consumption on breast cancer risk among African American women.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, breast cancer in the United States is the most common cancer in women, regardless of race or ethnicity. It is also the second most common cause of cancer-related deaths among white, black, and Asian/Pacific Islander women.

Although black women statistically drink about half as much as white women, black women are also more at risk for other health problems such as diabetes. For this reason, the authors of the study recommended “reduced intake among African American women.” The study was an important step in understand how breast cancer risks vary among different racial groups.

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