Stress from PCOS can make some women reach for alcohol as an escape. But not only can alcohol lead to weight gain and a worsening of PCOS symptoms … it can also increase the risk of breast cancer returning.
Overweight women who have been successfully treated for breast cancer should consider limiting their consumption of alcohol to less than three drinks per week to help prevent a recurrence of the condition, according to a new study.
Drinking just three small glasses of wine a week increases by 30% the risk of breast cancer returning, warn researchers.
Overweight and post-menopausal women are particularly susceptible to the effects of alcohol on recurrence, according to the study from the Kaiser Permanente Division of Research in Oakland, California.
The impact of drinking on the risk of developing breast cancer is well-established. The latest study looked at 1,897 breast cancer survivors diagnosed with early stage disease between 1997 and 2000. Researchers compared breast cancer recurrence in women previously diagnosed with breast cancer who drank, with a group of women previously diagnosed with the disease who did not drink.
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