UK Reuters: African American women not immune to alcohol-breast cancer link
Rating: 4.5 Stars
- The headline matches the results of the research.
- The article includes comments by both the study authors and outside experts.
- The results are clearly presented and easy to understand.
- Importantly, the author includes comment from an outside expert on an interesting observation that was revealed in this study-that African American women who never drank were 12% more likely to develop invasive tumors compared to light drinkers. The expert points out that those who never drank may be different than light drinkers in other risk factors such as diet, other health issues, etc.
Science Daily: Alcohol is associated with higher risk of breast cancer in African-American women
Rating: 3.5 Stars
- The article is factually correct and the headline matches what the article claims.
- The writing is clear and easy to read.
- The article quotes one researcher listing some limitations to the study who also points out several other risk factors and chronic health conditions to explore as areas for further research.
- There is no discussion of any contradictory findings or differing points of view. Only people involved in study were interviewed.
TIME: The link between alcohol and breast cancer Is stronger
Rating: 1.5 Stars
- The headline makes no mention of the fact that this is new research on African American women. The title seems to be an incomplete sentence with the word “stronger” implying more risk… stronger than what?
- Several key findings on how much alcohol intake links to increase risk are listed.
- While the article is easy to read, it is extremely brief and includes only comments from one of the authors. No outside expert views or conflicting findings are presented.
- In the piece, the author does highlight the novelty of this study in that the researchers were interested in determining whether alcohol intake is a risk factor in African American women who, as a group, have that have not been well studied.
- No discussion on study participants, study design or what other risk factors the researchers looked at in combination with alcohol intake (for example breasts cancer subtype, or oral contraceptive use).
Nature World News: Alcohol linked to increased cases of breast cancer in African-American women
Rating: 1 Star
- The headline exaggerates the research results and is misleading. It implies a cause and effect relationship between alcohol use and breast cancer. The research is about alcohol intake and increased risk of breast cancer not alcohol causing breast cancer.
- In article the incorrectly states that increased cases of breast can are linked to alcohol intake.
- There is some discussion of the key findings and results of the study.
- No contradictory findings or previous research in the area are discussed.
- The author does not define acronyms such as “DPW” which makes leaves a reader guessing.
- The author incorrectly states, “However, the study also revealed that African-American women drink lesser alcoholic drinks compared to white women.” This study did not compare amounts of alcohol consumed between AA and White women and thus could not conclude this.
- The article had a few typos, thus making it hard to read.