Alcohol Consumption Could Lead To A Relapse For Breast Cancer Survivors
If you have survived breast cancer, it is in your best interest to completely stay away from alcohol.
Don’t say it’s just a small quantity, because that small quantity can ruin all recovery gains made.
This is according to a research study released on Thursday in Australia.
Alcohol consumption has long been known to be a risk factor for developing the cancer which affects one in eight Australian women.
A new analysis of previous studies, published by the Cancer Council of Victoria on Thursday found that “a modest but significant” correlation between alcohol consumption of six grams per day or half a bottle of wine per week increased breast cancer recurrence.
“Contrary to current public health recommendations, alcohol consumption as low as six grams per day was found to modestly increase the risk of breast cancer recurrence, particularly in post-menopausal women,” the researcher, Anna Boltong was quoted as saying.
“Based on the findings of this study it may be beneficial for public health authorities to consider guidelines specific for cancer survivors, rather than relying on prevention messaging.”
No fewer than 3,000 people were killed by breast cancer in Australia in 2016, representing 6.5% of all cancer-related deaths in the country.
But not everyone is pleased with this research.
Fergus Taylor, Executive Director of Alcohol Beverages Australia, said that while the industry supported advice on alcohol consumption, the study was likely to be inaccurate.
“The study’s scope is extremely limited and its results inconclusive… Its authors notably acknowledged methodological problems regarding the results,” Taylor said.