“An oncology nurse might note the results of our study, which was large (23,000 breast cancer cases, nearly 8,000 deaths from all causes, and about 3,500 [deaths] from breast cancer). We also had data on postdiagnostic consumption [for] about 5,000 women, so we were able to examine the effects of alcohol after diagnosis.”

“These findings point to a need for more comprehensive counseling—one that is focused on the overall health and survival of the patient,” said Demark-Wahnefried (e-mail communication, April 12, 2013). She added, “The analysis did not control for exercise, thus future studies need to address this important component.” ONA 

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Kathy Boltz is a medical writer based in Phoenix, Arizona.


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