Alcohol consumption and risk of postmenopausal breast cancer by subtype: the women's health initiative observational study.

Publication Type:

Journal Article


Journal of the National Cancer Institute, Volume 102, Issue 18, p.1422-31 (2010)


2010, Aged, Alcohol Drinking, Breast Neoplasms, Carcinoma, Ductal, Breast, Carcinoma, Lobular, Center-Authored Paper, Female, Humans, Middle Aged, Multivariate Analysis, Neoplasms, Hormone-Dependent, Observation, Odds Ratio, Postmenopause, Proportional Hazards Models, Prospective Studies, Public Health Sciences Division, Receptors, Estrogen, Receptors, Progesterone, Risk Factors, Tumor Markers, Biological, United States, Women's Health


Alcohol consumption is a well-established risk factor for breast cancer. This association is thought to be largely hormonally driven, so alcohol use may be more strongly associated with hormonally sensitive breast cancers. Few studies have evaluated how alcohol-related risk varies by breast cancer subtype.