Well, I don't have much time and have to look it over fast, but to me, it doesn't look that consistent or so strongly associated...
I hope you are not suggesting that your "passing glance" of the data provides a better understanding then..." the largest and most comprehensive ever done on the relationship between lifestyle and cancer and involved over 100 scientists from 30 different countries whose content is derived from an independent panel of 21 world renowned scientists. The Expert Panel reviewed more than 7,000 large-scale studies and worked for five years to assess the research. Their conclusions and recommendations are firmly based on the available scientific evidence. "
but what I'm saying is some of these epidemiological reports don't amount to much useful information.
heavy drinkin' countries (some of them) have low breast cancer stats ...everybody has to make up their own minds about what constitutes safe vs. unsafe lifestyle choices, of course... but to me, some of these reports only add to all of the multitude of unanswered questions. I don't see much useful information coming from them at all.
Quite the contrary...
Alcohol intake and breast cancer risk: the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC)
Cancer Causes and Control
Volume 18, Number 4 / May, 2007
Category Original Paper
Objective Most epidemiologic studies have suggested an increased risk of breast cancer with increasing alcohol intake
. Using data from 274,688 women participating in the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition study (EPIC),
we investigated the relation between alcohol intake and the risk of breast cancer.
Methods Incidence rate ratios (IRRs) based on Cox proportional hazard models were calculated using reported intake of alcohol, recent (at baseline) and lifetime exposure. We adjusted for known risk factors and stratified according to study center as well as potentially modifying host factors.
Conclusion This large European study supports previous findings that recent alcohol intake increases the risk of breast cancer.