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Alcohol and Breast Cancer

Alcohol is a known risk factor for breast and other cancers. However, a new study indicates that alcohol may not have any effect. In fact, researchers have discovered that being a moderate drinker may actually improve the chances of survival.

The results of the study indicated that there was no adverse relationship between drinking patterns before diagnosis and breast cancer survival.

The study was conducted by Polly Newcomb, director of the cancer prevention program at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle.

In the study, 25,000 breast cancer patients for an average of 11 years, were studied. It was 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.

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.

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