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Alcohol OK for Women who Stop Hormones

Monday, 13 Aug 2012 10:35 AM

Postmenopausal women receiving hormone therapy are typically urged to avoid alcohol because of a potential increased breast cancer risk. But a large new study has found women who drink moderately after they quit taking hormones no longer face an elevated risk of developing breast cancer.
The study, conducted by the Cancer Prevention Institute of California, is based on information gathered from more than 40,000 participants in the California Teachers Study.
“Our findings confirm that using hormone therapy and consuming alcohol together will increase older women’s risk of developing breast cancer,” said Pamela Horn-Ross, who led the study published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention. “However, after a woman stops using HT, her risk associated with moderate alcohol consumption is substantially reduced.”
For the study, researchers compared the cancer risk among non-drinkers, women consuming the equivalent of one drink per day and moderate drinkers (those who drank the equivalent of two or more drinks per day). The study showed that hormone therapy, when combined with alcohol consumption of two or more drinks per day, led to a two-fold increase in cancer risk over those treated with hormones who didn’t drink. But no significant increase was seen in former hormone therapy users who drank alcohol, including those who had stopped taking hormones less than three years earlier.
The research was supported by a grant from the National Cancer Institute as well as the California Breast Cancer Research Fund.

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