Alcohol Ups Risk of Breast Cancer Recurrence

Posted on: December 11, 2009

If youve been diagnosed with breast cancer, you may want to cut down on alcoholic beverages.Thats the suggestion of researchers who found that cancer is 34% more likely to come back in breast cancer survivors who drink more than three drinks a week, compared with those who abstain or drink less.Drinking more than three drinks a week also raised the risk of dying from breast cancer by 51%, says Marilyn L. Kwan, PhD, a staff scientist at Kaiser Permanente in Oakland, Calif.

via Alcohol Ups Risk of Breast Cancer Recurrence.

2 Responses to "Alcohol Ups Risk of Breast Cancer Recurrence"

Doctors suggest that alcohol may increase the risk for breast cancer recurrence by increasing estrogen production, which in turn can drive tumor growth.

wow. As if BC doesn’t change your life enough, I thought just cutting back to a few drinks a week was safe. Is Marilyn Kwan one of the authors of the study? Which study had the 51% risk data?

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