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Alcohol Boosts Risk from Breast Cancer

Women who have breast cancer should probably avoid alcohol. Data reported at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium showed that women who consume at least three drinks a week are 50 percent more likely to die of their breast cancer compared to women who don’t drink. Breast cancer is one-third more likely to recur in women who consume alcohol compared to those who abstain. The most common beverage in the study was wine, but the researchers believe that any type of alcohol is likely to be a problem.
[San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, San Antonio, TX, Dec. 10, 2009]

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Terry Graedon, PhD, is a medical anthropologist and co-host of The People’s Pharmacy radio show, co-author of The People’s Pharmacy syndicated newspaper columns and numerous books, and co-founder of The People’s Pharmacy website. Terry taught in the Duke University School of Nursing and was an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology. She is a Fellow of the Society of Applied Anthropology. Terry is one of the country's leading authorities on the science behind folk remedies..
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