You may think, ‘What’s the harm in one glass’, but new research has found that even light alcohol consumption increases your cancer risk…
According to the study, which was conducted in Japan, the overall cancer risk appeared to be the lowest at zero alcohol consumption.
The research team examined clinical data on 63 232 patients with cancer and 63 232 without cancer controls matched for sex, age, hospital admission date, and admitting hospital.
All participants reported their average daily amount of standardised alcohol units and the duration of drinking.
The association suggested that a light level of drinking at a 10-drink-year point (for example, one drink per day for 10 years or two drinks per day for five years) would increase overall cancer risk by five percent. Those who drank two or fewer drinks per day had an elevated cancer risk regardless of how long they had consumed alcohol. Also, analyses classified by sex, drinking/smoking behaviours, and occupational class mostly showed the same patterns.
The elevated risk appeared across relatively common sites, including the colorectum, stomach, breast, prostate, and oesophagus.
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Source: Wiley via www.sciencedaily.com
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