Alcohol Consumption and Site-Specific Cancer Risk

Alcohol Consumption and Site-Specific Cancer Risk

Alcohol Consumption and Site-Specific Cancer Risk 1920 1280 Gary Ruelas, D.O., Ph.D.

A meta-analytic study explored the impact of alcohol consumption on different types of cancers. Researchers found that heavy drinkers have a much higher chance of getting cancers in places like the mouth, throat, and liver. There were also increased risk for stomach, gallbladder, pancreas, and lung cancer.

Links to other types of cancers like skin and prostate cancers is not clear, but there appears to be a tentative connection. Oddly enough, drinking seemed to be associated with a lower risk of certain types of lymphomas.

These findings emphasize the different and nuanced effects of alcohol on various cancer types. Overall, it appears that the more someone drinks, the higher the risk of obtaining a form of cancer.

Learn more about the study below:

“In conclusion, consumption of alcoholic beverages increases the risk of cancer of the oral cavity and pharynx, oesophagus (SCC), colorectum, liver, larynx and female breast. Some other cancers, such as pancreas and prostate cancer and melanoma, appear to be associated with consumption of alcohol, but more studies are needed to draw any final conclusion. The link of alcohol with stomach and lung cancer and lymphomas could be biased by unaccounted confounders and misclassification of exposure and should be further investigated. There seems to be no association between consumption of alcohol and adenocarcinoma of the oesophagus and gastric cardia, and cancer of the endometrium, urinary bladder and kidney.”


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Gary Ruelas, D.O., Ph.D.

Dr. Ruelas holds doctoral degrees and is licensed to practice in both medicine and psychology. He approaches his patients by gathering and analyzing data differently from other physician’s moving away from a disease model to a holistic functional model. Read Bio

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