Alcohol consumption is associated with increased risk of distal colon and rectal cancer in Japanese men: the Miyagi Cohort Study.

Heavy alcohol drinkers are more likely to develop colorectal cancer than non-consumers of alcoholic beverages.

This study investigated the effect of alcohol consumption on colorectal cancer risk. Researchers examined the alcohol intake of 25,279 Japanese men between the ages of 40-64 years recruited from the Miyagi Cohort Study. The colorectal cancer hazard ratio of each of the participant in this study was also determined.

Researchers observed a high incidence of colorectal cancer among heavy drinkers of alcohol. According to this study, consistent consumption of alcohol was found to increase the risk of developing cancer in the rectum, distal colon, but not in the proximal colon. The findings of this study show that regular intake of alcohol may contribute positively to the development of cancerous cells in the rectum and distal colon.

Research Summary Information

  • 2007
  • Akhter M, Kuriyama S, Nakaya N, Shimazu T, Ohmori K, Nishino Y, Tsubono Y, Fukao A, Tsuji I.
  • Division of Epidemiology, Department of Public Health and Forensic Medicine, Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine, 2-1 Seiryo-machi, Aoba-ku, Sendai-shi, Miyagi-ken 980-8575, Japan. munira@mail.tains.tohoku.ac.jp
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  • No source of funding disclosure found
  • No potential conflicts disclosure found
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