Alcohol does not appear to be associated with mortality in women diagnosed with breast cancer

In December 2017 researchers from the USA published the results of their study to assess the relationship between alcohol and mortality in 1116 women with breast cancer. All individuals had a family history of breast cancer.  Alcohol consumption (beer, wine, spirits) was based on the average number of drinks per week reported from age 12. During an average follow-up of 9 years there were a total of 211 total deaths, 58 of which were from breast cancer. Results showed that low, moderate or a high levels of alcohol intake did not appear to be  associated with greater overall mortality, breast cancer-specific mortality or non-breast cancer-specific mortality when compared to non-drinkers.

Zeinomar N et al. Alcohol consumption and breast cancer-specific and all-cause mortality in women diagnosed with breast cancer at the New York site of the Breast Cancer Family Registry. PLoS One. 2017 Dec 15;12(12) [Epub ahead of print]

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