Latest Alcohol and cancer Stories

2009-03-20 21:30:18

Alcohol is the greatest risk factor for acetaldehyde-related cancer -- often occurring in the upper digestive tract -- Canadian researchers said. Researchers at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto and the Chemical and Veterinary Investigation Laboratory Karlsruhe in Germany said acetaldehyde is widely present in the environment, is inhaled from the air and tobacco smoke, ingested from alcohol and foods, and produced in the human body during the metabolism of alcoholic...

2009-03-13 22:12:07

Australian researchers say drinking two or more alcoholic drinks a day increases a man's risk of prostate cancer by 20 percent. The National Drug Research Institute said the findings are based on a review of nearly three dozen studies on alcohol and prostate cancer, the Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported Friday. We found that at one drink a day the risk was not significant but at two standard drinks, middle-aged men had about a 20 percent greater chance of developing prostate cancer. For...

2009-03-13 12:55:32

The devastating effects of excessive alcohol consumption are undisputable, although some data suggest that moderate alcohol consumption may impart some health benefits. For instance, several studies have reported a positive association between alcohol intake and bone mineral density (BMD) in older women. There are fewer studies investigating this relation in men or younger women, and none have considered different classes of alcoholic beverages (beer, wine, and liquor). To explore this issue...

2009-03-12 20:17:22

U.S. researchers say that physicians can ask one single question of patients to identify unhealthy alcohol use. Researchers at Boston Medical Center said that a single-screening question recommended by the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism accurately identifies unhealthy alcohol use in primary care patients. The National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism recommends physicians asks, How many times in the past year have you had five or more drinks in a day? for men...

2009-03-09 08:30:00

The largest study of its kind to evaluate the effect of red versus white wine on breast-cancer risk concludes that both are equal offenders when it comes to increasing breast-cancer risk. The results of the study, led by researchers at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, were published in the March issue of Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention. "We were interested in teasing out red wine's effects on breast-cancer risk. There is reason to suspect that red wine might have...

2009-03-06 14:46:04

People age 50 and older performed worse on special tests after having moderate amounts of alcohol, but they did not know it, U.S. researchers said. The University of Florida researchers said that although people 50 or older in the study metabolized alcohol similar to how younger people did, they performed worse on special tests after having moderate amounts of alcohol and did not always realize when they were impaired. The study, published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs,...

2009-02-26 04:00:00

LONDON, February 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Over 40 per cent of colon and breast cancer cases in some countries are preventable through healthy patterns of diet, physical activity and weight maintenance, according to estimates in a report that has set out recommendations for policies and actions to prevent cancer. The report, Policy and Action for Cancer Prevention, published today by World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) and American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR), has estimated about 43...

2009-02-25 11:34:05

Europeans with the least level of education have a higher incidence of lung cancer compared to those with the highest level of education, researchers said. However, the study published online in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, found smoking history accounts for approximately half of the risk of developing lung cancer. Gwenn Menvielle and colleagues examined the association of smoking, diet, education, and lung cancer in 391,251 individuals in the European Prospective...

2009-02-25 11:40:12

Low to moderate alcohol consumption among women is associated with a statistically significant increase in cancer risk and may account for nearly 13 percent of the cancers of the breast, liver, rectum, and upper aero-digestive tract combined, according to a report in the February 24 online issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.With the exception of breast cancer, little has been known about the impact of low to moderate alcohol consumption on cancer risk in women.To determine...

2009-02-25 07:15:00

Ladies, a glass of wine a day may increase your chances of developing cancer. According to Cancer Research UK, a drink a day causes 7,000 cancer cases - primarily breast cancer - in the United Kingdom each year. The risk increases with consumption, the information pulled on a million women implies. Overall, alcohol causes 13% of breast, liver, rectum, mouth and throat cancers. They guess that 5,000 breast cancer cases in the UK can be accredited to alcohol consumption. The study reviewed...

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