Study sheds new light on alcohol, breast cancer

An unidentified woman gets a mammogram in this undated file photo.

April 15, 2013 5:45:28 AM PDT
Drinking alcohol is known to increase the risk for breast cancer, but a study suggests that moderate drinking has little effect on survival after diagnosis.

The study found that it may even reduce deaths from cardiovascular disease.

Researchers studied nearly 23,000 breast cancer survivors.

They found that survival was similar in women who drank alcohol after diagnosis and those who did not.

However, the women who drank moderately before diagnosis were significantly less likely to die of breast cancer or cardiovascular disease.

The findings are in the online edition of the Journal of Clinical Oncology.