home
RSS
Alcohol may improve breast cancer survival
April 9th, 2013
12:41 PM ET

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.

More importantly, she says, drinking after diagnosis also didn't appear to impact survival.

"Whether you drink post diagnostically - again, moderately - doesn't appear to adversely impact your mortality," Newcomb said.

So does that mean women who have a history of breast cancer are free to drink up?

"The results of our study would suggest that moderate alcohol consumption after a diagnosis of breast cancer does not adversely impact either breast cancer-specific or overall survival," she said.

Another benefit of moderate alcohol intake - a reduction in the risk of cardiovascular disease in women with breast cancer, according to Newcomb. "Cardiovascular disease is importantly being recognized as a contributor to mortality among breast cancer survivors."

The study found that women who drank those same three to six drinks per week before being diagnosed with breast cancer were 25% less likely to develop heart disease.

The bottom line, says Newcomb? "This is good news for women because it might help direct some of their choices after their diagnosis."

Dr. Sandra Swain, president of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, which published the study Monday in the Journal of Clinical Oncology,  agreed the findings are good news for breast cancer patients, but cautioned that more research should be done to confirm them.


soundoff (66 Responses)
  1. Cristopher Sholler

    Its like yousuch as you readlearn my mindthoughts! You seemappear to understandto knowto grasp so mucha lot approximatelyabout this, like yousuch as you wrote the booke-bookguideebooke book in it or something. I thinkI feelI believe that youthat you simplythat you just couldcan do with somea few p.c.percent to forcepressuredrivepower the message househome a bita little bit, howeverbut other thaninstead of that, this isthat is greatwonderfulfantasticmagnificentexcellent blog. A greatAn excellentA fantastic read. I'llI will definitelycertainly be back.

    https://www.pinterest.com/ductrevi7ews/top-13-best-8-person-tents-review-in-2019/

    March 10, 2020 at 02:25 | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Nereida Ellsbury

    This articlepostpiece of writingparagraph providesoffersgivespresents clear idea fordesigned forin favor ofin support of the new userspeopleviewersvisitors of blogging, that reallyactuallyin facttrulygenuinely how to do bloggingblogging and site-buildingrunning a blog.

    https://www.pinterest.com/ductrevi7ews/top-12-best-bluetooth-karaoke-microphones-review-i/

    March 13, 2020 at 14:59 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. ブランド偽物

    激安、安心、安全にお届けします、安心して買って下さいパネライコピー時計高品質のブランドコピーを超激安な価格で販売しています。
    人気商品コピー ブランド通販専門店。
    全国送料無料!
    当社は2020逸品が満載している好評度業界No.1ブランド コピー激安通販店です
    店長お薦めは以下の商品:
    パネライコピー時計,パネライスーパーコピー,パネライN級品
    IWCスーパーコピー,IWC N級品,IWC時計コピー, IWC ポルトギーゼ
    ブランド偽物 https://www.gmt78.com/product/detail/11173.htm

    May 7, 2020 at 08:14 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Angela

    You can also be cured if you are suffering from HERPES or any critical sickness that is giving you heartbreak and disturbing your family and job by contacting_______________________ robinson.buckler {@yahoo}}. com

    November 7, 2020 at 18:55 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. this hyperlink electrician san diego ca

    A powerful share, I just given this onto a colleague who was doing a bit of analysis on this. And he in fact purchased me breakfast as a result of I discovered it for him.. smile. So let me reword that: Thnx for the treat! However yeah Thnkx for spending the time to debate this, I really feel strongly about it and love studying extra on this topic. If attainable, as you grow to be expertise, would you thoughts updating your blog with more particulars? It is extremely useful for me. Massive thumb up for this blog post!

    https://BobJohnsonblog398.com/

    December 1, 2020 at 21:57 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. address electrical repair

    Write more, thats all I have to say. Literally, it seems as though you relied on the video to make your point. You definitely know what youre talking about, why throw away your intelligence on just posting videos to your blog when you could be giving us something informative to read?

    https://BobJohnsonblog398.com/

    December 3, 2020 at 16:47 | Report abuse | Reply
  7. detectives privados fuengirola

    Detectives privados san Sebastián de los reyes

    https://www.argadetectives.com/detectives-en-sagunto-valencia.html

    December 10, 2020 at 20:11 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. bitcoin to paypal

    Transfer from bitcoin to paypal very fast and low cost.

    https://exchanger24.org/xchange_btc_to_ppusd/

    December 15, 2020 at 20:21 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. 안전카지노

    Best view i have ever seen !

    https://tradiemthi.net

    December 17, 2020 at 12:15 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Aurea Ference

    You have a very nice layout for your blog. i want it to use on my site too , 

    http://www.buy4solutioncomjwjwj.howeweb.com/a

    December 24, 2020 at 18:47 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Francis Mclaughlan

    Am new to blogging. So would like to know more about blogs..

    http://www.buy4solutioncomqdqdq.arwebo.com/a

    December 31, 2020 at 13:58 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Jennifer Moskos

    Thanks so much the information. I love sucking dick btw hmu

    https://chrok1.blogspot.com/2021/01/36-96.html

    January 3, 2021 at 22:17 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Breanna Kromer

    If you would like to improve your experience simply keep visiting this site and be updated with the most up-to-date gossip posted here.

    https://chrok1.blogspot.com

    January 7, 2021 at 20:59 | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Mose Bierut

    I really appreciate this post. I have been looking all over for this! Thank goodness I found it on Bing. You have made my day! Thanks again!

    https://www.electricpercolatorcoffeepot.com/10-top-coffee-bloggers/

    January 11, 2021 at 01:27 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Fredric Bulkley

    I never let this go…….But i can’t find the words to tell you|Angiie_Rockss|

    http://yourmatrixcashmachine.com

    January 12, 2021 at 00:37 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. Salena Knisley

    If you would like to improve your experience simply keep visiting this site and be updated with the most up-to-date gossip posted here.

    https://t.co/vRTxZBqdGs

    January 15, 2021 at 21:09 | Report abuse | Reply
1 2

Post a comment


 

CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service. Comments are not pre-screened before they post. You agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Service.

Advertisement
About this blog

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the latest stories from CNN Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen and the CNN Medical Unit producers. They'll share news and views on health and medical trends - info that will help you take better care of yourself and the people you love.