Category: Health Written by CNN
by Matt Sloane
(CNN) -- Although drinking alcohol is known to be a risk factor for developing breast cancer, a new study suggests that alcohol may not have any effect on whether you survive the disease. In fact, researchers found that being a moderate drinker may actually improve your chances of survival.
"The results of the study showed there was no adverse relationship between drinking patterns before diagnosis and breast cancer survival," said Polly Newcomb, director of the cancer prevention program at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle and the lead author of the study.
"We actually found that relative to non-drinkers there were modestly improved survival rates for moderate alcohol intake."
The researchers followed close to 25,000 breast cancer patients for an average of 11 years, and found that women who drank moderately - three to six drinks per week - before developing breast cancer were 15% less likely to die from the disease.
More importantly, she says, drinking after diagnosis also didn't appear to impact survival.
"Whether you drink post diagnostically - again, moderately - doesn't appear to adversely impact your mortality," Newcomb said.
So does that mean women who have a history of breast cancer are free to drink up?
"The results of our study would suggest that moderate alcohol consumption after a diagnosis of breast cancer does not adversely impact either breast cancer-specific or overall survival," she said.
Another benefit of moderate alcohol intake - a reduction in the risk of cardiovascular disease in women with breast cancer, according to Newcomb. "Cardiovascular disease is importantly being recognized as a contributor to mortality among breast cancer survivors."
The study found that women who drank those same three to six drinks per week before being diagnosed with breast cancer were 25% less likely to develop heart disease.
The bottom line, says Newcomb? "This is good news for women because it might help direct some of their choices after their diagnosis."
Dr. Sandra Swain, president of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, which published the study Monday in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, agreed the findings are good news for breast cancer patients, but cautioned that more research should be done to confirm them.
Last Updated on Thursday, 11 April 2013 14:03
Category: National Written by CNN
VISITS SCHOOL--Principal Leonetta Sanders introduces First lady Michelle Obama to the students during her visit to Harper High School at Chicago's Englewood neighborhood April 10. (AP Photo/Chicago Tribune, Nancy Stone, Pool)
by Kevin Liptak
(CNN) -- Returning to her hometown of Chicago Wednesday, Michelle Obama wove a deeply personal story of her upbringing in the city that also delved into the latest subject dividing Washington lawmakers - the battle over gun control.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 April 2013 19:52
Category: Entertainment Written by Associated Press
IN HOT WATER--Rapper/actor LL Cool J arrives at the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 7, 2013. (Photo by Al Powers/Invision/AP)
by Chris Talbott
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country singer Brad Paisley says he was trying to foster an open discussion of race relations when he collaborated with rapper LL Cool J on "Accidental Racist."
Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 April 2013 19:28
Category: National Written by Associated Press
SPEAKS AT DUQUESNE--Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas sits with his wife Virginia Thomas in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)
by Kevin Begos
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas said Tuesday he is heartbroken over the persistent poverty and social troubles among many Black communities but has no answers on how to solve these problems.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 April 2013 19:48
Category: Sports Written by Associated Press
FAVORITE--Tiger Woods tees off on the first hole during a practice round for the Masters April 9, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
by Tim Dahlberg
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — He's got a swing he can finally trust, a putter that shows flashes of the old magic, and a string of wins to prove that it's all finally coming together.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 April 2013 18:18
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