Alcohol may improve breast cancer survival

Although drinking alcohol is known to be a risk factor for developing breast cancer, a new study suggests that alcohol may not have any effect on whether you survive the disease.  In fact, researchers found that being a moderate drinker may actually improve your chances of survival.

“The results of the study showed there was no adverse relationship between drinking patterns before diagnosis and breast cancer survival,” said Polly Newcomb, director of the cancer prevention program at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle and the lead author of the study.

“We actually found that relative to non-drinkers there were modestly improved survival rates for moderate alcohol intake.”

The researchers followed close to 25,000 breast cancer patients for an average of 11 years, and found that women who drank moderately – three to six drinks per week – before developing breast cancer were 15% less likely to die from the disease.

Full story of alcohol and breast cancer at CNN Health

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