Ask-the-Expert Online Conference
- Question from Smiley: Does anyone know for sure the exact risks of alcohol consumption and the recurrence of breast cancer? I am taking Arimidex, but I am also concerned about relaxing with a glass or two of wine at night. Has there been a study done on this particular issue?
I don't know of studies that have looked at this particular question, important as it is. In general, I think a glass of wine a few times a week is reasonable. Sometimes it helps people stimulate their appetite or reduce their stress, which are generally positive. I've not seen data to suggest that such a practice would increase the risk of recurrence of a breast cancer.
Editor's Note: A 2009 study reported at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium found that women who drank three or more alcoholic drinks per week were 34% more likely to have a recurrence and 51% more likely to die from breast cancer compared to women who didn't drink.
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