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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?
Answers - Lynn Hartmann 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.

This Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Risk Reduction featured Beth Baughman DuPree, M.D., F.A.C.S. and Lynn Hartmann answering your questions about breast cancer risk factors and ways to lower your risk.

Editor's Note: This conference took place in February 2006.

The materials presented in these conferences do not necessarily reflect the views of Breastcancer.org. A qualified healthcare professional should be consulted before using any therapeutic product or regimen discussed. All readers should verify all information and data before employing any therapies described here.

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