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Alcohol consumption and the risk of cancer.

Stomach, lung, oral, pharyngeal, laryngeal, colorectal, oesophageal, breast, and ovarian cancers are more likely to occur in alcohol consumers than those who avoid drinking alcoholic products.

This study examined the role of alcohol in the development of cancer. Researchers analyzed data extracted from over 200 published studies on the subject.

Researchers found out that drinking of alcoholic products promoted the development and growth of cancerous cells in the stomach, colon, rectum, female breast, and ovaries. In addition, the usage of tobacco together with alcohol intake was found to enhance the carcinogenic effects of alcohol on the upper digestive tract and respiratory system. The findings of this study show that alcohol consumers are highly vulnerable to stomach, colorectal, breast, ovarian, oral, oesophageal, laryngeal, pharyngeal, and lung cancers.

Research Summary Information

  • 2001
  • Vincenzo Bagnardi, Ms.C., Marta Blangiardo, Ms.C., Carlo La Vecchia, M.D., and Giovanni Corrao, Ph.D.
  • Vincenzo Bagnardi, Ms.C., and Marta Blangiardo, Ms.C., are Ph.D. students in statistics, and Giovanni Corrao, Ph.D., is a full professor in statistics at the Department of Statistics, University of Milan-Bicocca, Milan, Italy. Carlo La Vecchia, M.D., is an associate professor in epidemiology at the Institute of Medical Statistics and Biometry, University of Milan, and head of the laboratory of general epidemiology at the Mario Negri Institute of Pharmacological Research, Milan, Italy.
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  • Yes. Source of funding disclosure found
  • Support for this study came from the Italian Ministry of Health, from the Italian Ministry of the University and Scientific and Technologic Research, and from the Associazione Italiana per la Ricerca sul Cancro.
  • No. Potential conflicts disclosure not found
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