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Ethn Dis. 2002 Fall;12(4):460-9.

Is alcohol intake associated with breast cancer in Hispanic women? The New Mexico Women's Health Study.

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  • 1Department of Internal Medicine, Epidemiology and Cancer Control, New Mexico Tumor Registry, Cancer Research & Treatment Center, University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87131, USA. kbaum@nmtr.unm.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

Previous studies have shown an increased breast cancer risk associated with modest or high alcohol intake, however, few of these studies have included Hispanic women. The alcohol/breast cancer association was investigated in a New Mexico (NM) statewide bi-ethnic study.

DESIGN:

A population-based, case-control study.

METHODS:

Incident breast cancer cases (N = 712), aged 30-74 years, were ascertained by the New Mexico Tumor Registry (NMTR). Controls (N = 844) were identified by random digit dialing and were frequency-matched for ethnicity, age-group, and health planning district. Data were collected via in-person interview, which included questions regarding recent and past alcohol intake and breast cancer risk factors.

RESULTS:

The highest level of recent alcohol intake, compared to no intake, was associated with breast cancer risk for postmenopausal Hispanic women (odds ratio [OR] = 2.0 95%, confidence interval [CI] 0.8-5.1, 42+ grams/ week) and postmenopausal non-Hispanic White women (OR = 2.2, 95% Cl 1.0-5.0, 148+ grams/week), although estimates were unstable and statistically non-significant. Lower recent alcohol intake (< 148 grams/week) was associated with reduced risk for non-Hispanic Whites (OR = 0.49, 95% Cl 0.35-0.69). This pattern was independent of hormone-receptor status and was present for both premenopausal (OR = 0.29, 95% Cl 0.15-0.56) and postmenopausal women (OR = 0.56, 95% Cl 0.35-0.90). Results for past alcohol intake and breast cancer association did not demonstrate any trends and were non-significant.

CONCLUSIONS:

Alcohol intake does not appear to have a consistent or significant association with breast cancer in Hispanic women.

PMID:
12477131
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