Drinking after breast cancer


Alcohol use after breast cancer doesn’t increase your

chances of dying of the disease, new study shows, but it
does increase overall cancer risk
We’ve all heard that drinking booze – even in moderation – can bump your
risk for breast cancer. As a result, many women and men diagnosed with
the disease have either sworn off alcohol entirely or worry when they do
“I feel guilty often for drinking,” said Maile Feuerman, 40-year- old, stay-at-
home mom from Eureka, California, who was diagnosed with breast cancer
two years ago. “I don’t want to have to wonder if it comes back because I
did this. But I love my wine.”
A new study out of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center offers a
glimmer of good news for those who’ve been diagnosed and treated for the
disease: moderate alcohol use after a breast cancer diagnosis won’t lead to
a lethal recurrence.
Alcohol use among breast cancer survivors has been linked to increased
risks of developing a breast cancer recurrence, i.e., finding more cancer in
a breast that’s already been diagnosed and, say, had a lumpectomy.
 Drinking also ups your risk of being diagnosed with a second breast
cancer in the opposite “healthy” breast.
However, when it comes to dying — usually the biggest concern for those
who’ve been diagnosed — there’s not much of an association. According to
epidemiologist and lead author Dr. Christopher Li, alcohol use after a
breast cancer diagnosis does not increase your risk of dying of the disease.
“Moderation is very important but our study supports previous studies in
suggesting that the occasional glass of wine does not seem to impact a
woman’s risk of dying of breast cancer,” he said.

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