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Epidemiologic data on alcoholic beverage consumption and risk of cancer:

A surge in the risk of cancers of the head, neck, liver, pharynx, larynx, mouth, pancreas, and esophagus is associated with heavy drinking of alcohol.

This research work investigated the association between the consumption of alcoholic beverages and the development of cancer. Researchers analyzed data extracted from relevant published literatures on the subject.

Researchers found out that heavy drinking of alcohol increased the risk of developing cancerous cells in the head, neck, esophagus, pancreas, liver, pharynx, larynx, and mouth. On the other hand, alcohol intake was found to have little or no effect on lung, bladder, stomach, ovary, prostate, and endometrial cancer risk in this study. The findings of this study reveal that high consumption of alcoholic beverages may contribute positively to the development of cancers of the head, neck, esophagus, liver, pharynx, mouth, larynx, and pancreas.

Research Summary Information

  • 1996
  • Longnecker MP, Enger SM.
  • Department of Epidemiology, UCLA School of Public Health 90095-1772, USA.
  • Yes, Free full text of study was found:
  • No. Source of funding disclosure not found
  • No. Potential conflicts disclosure not found
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