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Alcohol drinking and colorectal cancer in Japanese: a pooled analysis of results from 5 cohort studies.

Regular consumers of alcohol are more prone to develop colorectal cancer than non-consumers of alcoholic products.

This research work was carried out to determine the effect of alcohol consumption on colorectal cancer risk in Japanese men and women. Researchers analyzed data obtained from 5 cohort studies that examined alcohol intake as a risk factor for colorectal cancer.

Researchers discovered that regular drinking of alcohol increased colorectal cancer risk among Japanese men and women. A quarter of the cases of colorectal cancer reviewed in this study was found to occur in Japanese men who consistently consumed more than 23g of alcohol per day. The findings of this meta-analysis support the growing body of evidence that alcohol intake may promote the development of cancerous cells in the colon and rectum.

Research Summary Information

  • 2008
  • Mizoue T, Inoue M, Wakai K, Nagata C, Shimazu T, Tsuji I, Otani T, Tanaka K, Matsuo K, Tamakoshi A, Sasazuki S, Tsugane S; Research Group for Development and Evaluation of Cancer Prevention Strategies in Japan
  • Department of Epidemiology and International Health, Research Institute, International Medical Center of Japan, Tokyo, Japan. mizoue@ri.imcj.go.jp
  • 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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