Breast cancer survivors have similar rates of preference for acupuncture versus medication for pain management. Researchers in the USA conducted a cross-sectional study among breast cancer survivors who were currently, or had been, taking an aromatase inhibitor. Among 592 participants, 27.0% preferred acupuncture, 25.8% preferred analgesic medication and 47.1% had no clear preference. Higher education and white ethnicity were significantly associated with preference for acupuncture. When health beliefs were added, the effects of socioeconomic status were attenuated; greater expectation of acupuncture’s effect, lower perceived barriers to its use, endorsement from family members and healthcare professionals, and higher holistic health beliefs were associated with greater preference for acupuncture.

Acupuncture versus medication for pain management: a cross-sectional study of breast cancer survivors.Acupunct Med. 2018 Apr;36(2):80-87.