Wine linked to breast cancer recurrence

Drinking just a few glasses of wine a week can increase the risk of breast cancer returning, a study has found…

Drinking just three glasses of wine a week can increase the risk of breast cancer recurring by 30%, scientists have found.

A study of almost 2,000 women who had survived the disease – The Life After Cancer Epidemiology (Lace) study – showed that those who consumed three or more drinks a week were nearly a third more likely to develop it again.

Women who were post-menopausal or overweight were the most susceptible to alcohol, the research showed. A consumption level of fewer than three drinks per week appeared to do no harm.

Dr Marilyn Kwan, who led the research, said: ‘These results can help women make more informed decisions about lifestyle choices after a diagnosis of breast cancer. Women previously diagnosed with breast cancer should consider limiting their consumption of alcohol to less than three drinks per week, especially women who are post-menopausal, and overweight or obese.’

Previous research has shown that alcohol consumption is associated with an increased risk of breast cancer developing. More than 45,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year in the UK and about 12,000 die from the disease.

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