Eliminating Alcohol May Reduce The Risk Of Esophageal CancerMain Category: Cancer / Oncology
Also Included In: Alcohol / Addiction / Illegal Drugs
Article Date: 14 Sep 2012
Low levels of alcohol intake have been found to decrease risk of esophageal cancer.
The exact cause of esophageal cancer is not known. Previous research has stated it is more common in people with acid-reflux, and people with acid-reflux tend to be obese.
Other factors can also increase the risk such as:
One limitation for this study could be smoking adjustments: most upper aero-digestive cancers show a meaningful interaction between alcohol consumption and smoking in relation to cancer risk. Another is large differences that were found in the alcohol-cancer association for different regions. Also, the authors did not have data for the separation of ex-drinkers and non-drinkers, as well as no guidelines for the baseline pattern of drinking.
The important conclusion is that quitting drinking may decrease risk of esophageal cancer. Other studies suggest just reducing alcohol intake to a moderate level can be associated with lowering of cancer risk for non-smokers. Low level alcohol consumption has also been seen to have advantageous effects on diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and other medical conditions.
Written by Kelly Fitzgerald
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