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Drinking Raises Cancer Risk for Middle-Age Women
Date:2/24/2009

risks and benefits of even low alcohol intake with their health-care providers."

In an accompanying journal editorial, Dr. Michael Lauer, director of the Division of Prevention and Population Sciences at the U.S. National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, said he believes the risk for cancer might outweigh any perceived benefit in terms of heart disease.

"People who are not drinkers should not start drinking to prevent heart disease, and even people who are drinking should discuss this with their physicians," he said. "And as part of that conversation, they should consider other conditions than heart disease. We cannot just focus on heart disease."

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The American Cancer Society has more on alcohol and cancer.



SOURCES: Naomi Allen, D.Phil., Cancer Epidemiology Unit, University of Oxford, United Kingdom; Michael Lauer, M.D., director, Division of Prevention and Population Sciences, U.S. National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, Bethesda, Md.; Susan M. Gapstur, Ph.D., M.P.H., vice president, epidemiology, American Cancer Society, Atlanta; Feb. 24, 2009, Journal of the National Cancer Institute, online


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