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Women and Alcohol: The Scary Truth Behind Some Breast Cancer Recurrences

Posted Dec 14 2009 6:55am
Do you have an alcoholic wife or alcoholic daughter that is unlucky enough to be in the early stages of breast cancer? If so, listen up.

(If you think you or someone you know has a parent or spouse with an alcohol problem, please click here to see the 5 mistakes spouse’s of alcoholics make. You must read this immediately!  Your well being and your children’s well being may depend on it).

A study was presented on December 10, 2009 at the breast cancer symposium in San Antonio, Texas that found that more than 3 drinks a week did not lead to an increase in breast cancer recurrence.

Now the bad news: More than 3 drinks a week was associated with a 1.3 fold increase in recurrence in breast cancer and a 1.5 fold increase in breast cancer deaths. Marilyn L. Kwan Ph.D. is the lead investigator of this study at Kaiser Permanente in Oakland, CA.

Dr. Kwan and colleagues studied 1897 women diagnosed with early stage breast cancer between 1997 and 2000 and followed the survivors for 8 years. 18% had a recurrence and 17% died. Of those that died, over half died from breast cancer. Breast cancer recurrence in the group that drank more than 3 drinks a week tended to have a lot more post menopausal and overweight women.

There are limited studies of the effects of alcohol on breast cancer prognosis in women already diagnosed with breast cancer. 1 study showed decreased mortality with alcohol consumption, 1 study showed increased mortality, and 8 showed mixed results. This Kaiser study is part of The LACE study (Life After Cancer Epidemiology Study ) and should be taken seriously because the data is considered highly accurate.

Pay Attention to these Quotes:

In Dr. Kwan’s word’s,  ”Women previously diagnosed with breast cancer should consider limiting their consumption of alcohol to less than 3 drinks per week..”

Dr. Michelle D. Holmes , an epidemiologist from Harvard University in Boston says, “There’s about a 10% increased risk for each drink consumed per day…”

Bottom Line: If you are a breast cancer survivor that likes to drink alcohol, you should consider altering your lifestyle to consume less alcohol.

If you are a breast cancer survivor that is an alcoholic, it is imperative you get help for your alcohol dependence to lower your risk of breast cancer recurrence. If you are a family member and your loved one refuses to get help,  you may need to arrange an alcoholic intervention to save her life.

Again, if you have a alcoholic spouse or daughter that is resistant to getting help for their alcoholism, click here for my free report on the 5 mistakes spouse of alcoholics make. If you can change you your behavior, your loved ones attitude toward getting help will change.


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