Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Alcohol consumption and breast cancer risk in older women: A modifiable lifestyle risk factor
by Ware, Sharon C., M.S., California State University, Long Beach, 2014, 58; 1526969
Abstract (Summary)

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths among women, with more than 234,000 new cases diagnosed each year in the United States. The purpose of the study was to evaluate the correlation between alcohol consumption and female breast cancer and to investigate the role of modifiable lifestyle changes in mitigating breast cancer risk. Study findings confirmed previous research that breast cancer risk increases as a woman ages. In addition, study findings also confirmed that once a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer, behavioral modifications are made, including decreased alcohol consumption.

Study findings unsupported, in spite of the abundance of previous corroborated studies, include that alcohol consumption increases the risk of breast cancer and that binge drinking is on the rise among older women. Both contradictory findings can be attributed to current study limitations. Despite the intimidating numbers, breast cancer is largely preventable by modifying lifestyle risk factors.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Reynolds, Grace
Commitee: Acosta-Deprez, Veronica, Sinay, Tony
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Health Care Administration
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 53/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Health care management
Keywords: Alcohol consumption, Binge drinking, Breast cancer, Lifestyle modifications
Publication Number: 1526969
ISBN: 978-1-321-27769-2
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