Alcohol Consumption Linked to Breast Cancer Recurrence

woman sipping wine
Photo by Andrejs Pidjass

Some studies extol the benefits of red wine for its powerful antioxidant qualities.  And yet, there is new conflicting information for survivors of breast cancer.

A new study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology claims that even moderate amounts of alcohol can increase the risk of breast cancer in overweight and post-menopausal women. At the same time, moderate drinking for this subset of women was not linked to increased mortality from other causes.

The good news for those who would still like to have an occasional glass of red wine to take advantage of its other health benefits is that this increased risk of cancer has only been associated with women drinking more than three or four glasses of alcohol per week. Again, it is important to remember that these results only appeared in overweight patients, which underscores the importance of weight management for overall health.

We do recommend reducing or eliminating alcohol consumption as part of our Vision Wellness Protocol.