Alcohol Use Associated With Colorectal Cancer Risk

Posted by: admin on: November 3, 2011

Alcohol consumption appears to be strongly and dose-dependently linked to colorectal cancer risk, according to the findings of a new meta-analysis. There is strong evidence to support an association between alcohol drinking of more than 1 drink/day and the risk for colorectal cancer. Though these study did not highlight the presence of associated risk factors like smoking.


The International Agency for Research on Cancer concluded that alcohol consumption is related to colorectal cancer.
Alcohol consumption is one of the most important risk factors for human cancers. Intake of alcohol is causally related to cancers of the oral cavity, pharynx, larynx, oesophagus, liver, female breast, and colorectum.

Compared with nondrinkers and occasional drinkers, men who drank moderate amounts of alcohol were more at risk than women who drank similar amounts. Asians were more at risk if they were heavy drinkers than were other ethnicities. The researchers state that this finding may be due in part to a high prevalence of the slow-metabolizing variant of aldehyde dehydrogenase enzyme, present among Asians.



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