Navigation Links
Heavy drinkers face significantly increased cancer risk
Date:8/3/2009

This release is available in French.

Heavy drinkers of beer and spirits face a much higher risk of developing cancer than the population at large, says a group of Montreal epidemiologists and cancer researchers. Their findings show that people in the highest consumption category increased their risk of developing oesophageal cancer sevenfold, colon cancer by 80% and even lung cancer by 50%.

In all, the researchers found statistically significant relationships between heavy consumption of beer and spririts and six different cancers. Moderate drinking (i.e. less than daily) and wine consumption did not show the same effects, however.

The research was conducted by Dr. Andrea Benedetti of McGill University, Dr. Marie-Elise Parent of INRS-Institut Armand Frappier and Dr. Jack Siemiatycki of the Universit de Montral.

"We looked at the data in two ways," said Benedetti, an assistant professor at McGill's Departments of Medicine and of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health. "We compared people who drank heavily to our reference group, who abstained or drank only very occasionally. We also looked for trends across our categories: non-drinkers, weekly drinkers and daily drinkers.

The results were astounding. "We saw increased risk for esophageal cancer, stomach cancer, colon cancer, liver cancer, pancreatic cancer, lung cancer and prostate cancer," Benedetti added. "The strongest risk was for esophageal and liver cancer."

"This study crystalizes many strands of evidence from different studies on different types of cancer and alcohol consumption," said Dr. Jack Siematycki, professor, Canada Research Chair and Guzzo Chair in Environment and Cancer, at the Universit de Montral.

The researchers used data originally collected for a large occupational cancer study conducted in Montreal in the 1980s. The information was a treasure-trove, said Benedetti.

"Lifetime interviews were conducted with people about their job histories, and detailed information about all the things they could have been exposed to was collected," she explained. "As it turns out, the data also included information about non-occupational factors such as drinking alcohol, smoking cigarettes, diet and socio-economic status, among others."

Benedetti, the study's lead author, conducted this research while still a postdoctorial fellow under the supervision of her co-authors, Dr. Siemiatycki and Dr. Parent. Their results were published in the current issue of the journal Cancer Detection and Prevention.

"For the most part we showed that light drinkers were less affected or not affected at all," said Benedetti. "It is people who drink every day or multiple times a day who are at risk. This adds to the growing body of evidence that heavy drinking is extremely unhealthy in so many ways. Cancer very much included."


'/>"/>

Contact: Mark Shainblum
mark.shainblum@mcgill.ca
514-398-2189
McGill University
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. The Biggest Loser Confirms Talent6 as a Reality TV Heavyweight
2. Heavy Drinking Linked to Aggressive Prostate Cancer
3. Summer Travel Destinations are Heavy on Fun - and Sun
4. US Navy culture and workplace leads to heavy drinking
5. Heavy Periods May Be Due to a Clotting Disorder
6. Years of Heavy Smoking Raises Heart Risks
7. Grapefruit-Heavy Diet Helped Spur Dangerous Clot
8. Xanodynes New Drug Application for the Treatment of Heavy Menstrual Bleeding (Menorrhagia) Accepted for Filing with a Priority Review Classification
9. Obesity Just as Risky for Teens as Heavy Smoking
10. Heavy marijuana use may damage developing brain in teens, young adults
11. Wake Up to the Health Risks of Heavy Snoring
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:12/2/2016)... NJ (PRWEB) , ... December 02, 2016 , ... Sourced ... Water has some unique properties including its unmatched natural purity of just 6 ppm ... clean and crisp. , Nothing Water has been available in several ShopRite and FoodTown ...
(Date:12/2/2016)... ... December 02, 2016 , ... Clarify Health Solutions, Inc., the ... million in an initial round of funding. The round was led by experienced ... can receive far better care through the application of the best technologies from ...
(Date:12/2/2016)... FL (PRWEB) , ... December 02, 2016 , ... ‘Tis ... are winners of $1,000 each from the National Family Partnership and the Drug Enforcement ... families who decorated their homes and the 10 winning schools who decorated their campuses ...
(Date:11/30/2016)... ... November 30, 2016 , ... ... Deloitte Wisconsin 75, an annual ranking and recognition of the largest closely held ... list, having ranked from 2008-2016. In addition, Standard Process was awarded the Talent ...
(Date:11/30/2016)... , ... November 30, 2016 , ... ... tech functions and stylish design wanted by today’s consumers at an affordable price, ... Darin Philip says the new watch is “a game changer” when it comes ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:12/2/2016)... 2016 Orthopedic Implants (Including Spinal Implants, ... to Gain a Significant Market Share Owing to a Large ... ... According to a new report by Persistence ... Packaging: Clamshell Product Type Segment Projected to Witness a Significantly ...
(Date:12/2/2016)... , Dec. 2, 2016   CytoSorbents Corporation ... commercializing its European Union approved CytoSorb ® cytokine ... surgery patients worldwide, announced that Dr. Phillip Chan ... 9th Annual LD Micro Main Event investor conference ... at the Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel in ...
(Date:12/2/2016)... On Thursday, the NASDAQ Composite ended the trading ... edged 0.36% higher, to finish at 19,191.93; and the S&P ... as six out of nine sectors ended the day in ... Services equities: Myriad Genetics Inc. (NASDAQ: MYGN ), ... Inc. (NASDAQ: INCR ), and La Quinta Holdings ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: