Alcohol may fuel prostate cancer risk

Alcohol may fuel prostate cancer risk

(HealthDay)—Drinking may raise the risk of prostate cancer, and the more men drink the greater their risk, a new analysis of 27 studies suggests.

Canadian and Australian scientists found a significant association between alcohol and risk, though they did not prove that drinking caused to rise.

Even low levels of drinking (up to two drinks a day) were associated with an 8 to 23 percent higher risk of prostate cancer when compared to no drinking, the researchers said.

"This new study contributes to the strengthening evidence that is a risk factor for prostate cancer. Alcohol's contribution to prostate cancer will need to be factored into future estimates of the global burden of disease," said study co-author Tim Stockwell in a University of Victoria news release. He is director of the university's Centre for Addictions Research of BC in Canada.

Study co-author Tanya Chikritzhs leads the Alcohol Policy Research Team at Australia's National Drug Research Institute. "These findings highlight the need for better methods in research on alcohol and health," she said. "Past and future studies that demonstrate protection from disease due to low-level drinking should be treated with caution."

Prostate cancer is the fifth leading cause of cancer death in men worldwide.

Alcohol is a known risk factor for breast cancer and at least seven types of digestive system cancers, and alcohol may also increase the of cancers of the skin and pancreas, the researchers said.

The study was published online Nov. 15 in the journal BMC Cancer.


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Dec 26, 2016
There is a strong link between alcohol consumption and cancer in specific areas of the body, such as the liver, colon, prostate, pancreas and skin. I really don't understand why many men like alcohol that much! I am serious guys, alcohol isn't that good..and it is very dangerous for our health, the doc recommended me to quit smoking and drinking, also, he recommended me to eat healthy including fruits, vegetables and avoiding red meat and after taking it for 4 months the result has been great! I am happy

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