Study Finds Majority of Black Women Are Unaware of the Link Between Alcohol Use and Breast Cancer

A new study led by Monica Swahn, dean and professor at Kennesaw State University in Georgia, has found that the vast majority of women are unaware alcohol use can be a risk factor for developing breast cancer. Black women were more likely to be unaware of this risk factor than White women.

For their study, the research team surveyed more than 5,000 women over the age of 18 on their awareness that alcohol use increases risk for breast cancer, personal alcohol consumption, and sociodemographic characteristics. The results revealed that only 24.4 percent of all respondents were aware of the connection between alcohol use and breast cancer. When broken down by demographic traits, the results revealed that Black women were less likely than White women to agree that alcohol consumption can lead to an increased risk of breast cancer.

The study authors believe their findings point towards the need of increased efforts to inform the United States population about the risk of alcohol use. Since levels of unawareness varied among sociodemographic populations, the authors stress that targeted interventions specifically tailored to Black women are needed to ensure an equitable distribution of health knowledge among American women.

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