Even Moderate Drinking Can Boost Chance of Breast Cancer Recurrence

The researchers cautioned that further prospective studies are needed to confirm the findings. Also, the study could not determine causality, and false associations due to confounding from other factors were possible, he noted.

"Maybe some women who were at higher risk decided that they could drink more," Peppercorn speculated. "Maybe there's an association between being told you have a worse prognosis and deciding that lowering your alcohol intake is not worth it."

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