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Long-Term Alcohol Consumption and Breast, Upper Aero-Digestive Tract and Colorectal Cancer Risk: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.

Fondness for alcohol may put an individual at high risk of developing cancer of the breast, pharynx, larynx, esophagus, oral cavity, colon, and rectum.

​The objective of this study was to perform a systematic review and meta-analysis on data obtained  from studies that explored the relationship between long-term intake of alcohol and the likelihood of acquiring cancer of the breast, colon, rectum, and upper aero-digestive tract. A total of 39 studies was included in this meta-analysis. 

Researchers found out that habitual drinking of alcohol promoted the formation, growth, and spread of cancerous cells in the breast, pharynx, larynx, esophagus, oral cavity, colon, and rectum. The results of this study show that long-term intake of alcohol may play a role in increasing the risk of having cancer of breast, oral cavity, pharynx, larynx, esophagus, colon, and rectum.

Research Summary Information

  • 2016
  • Jayasekara H, MacInnis RJ, Room R, English DR.
  • Centre for Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, The University of Melbourne, 207 Bouverie Street, Carlton, Victoria 3010, Australia Population Health, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, Flemington Road, Parkville, Victoria 3052, Australia harindra_jaya@yahoo.com. Centre for Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, The University of Melbourne, 207 Bouverie Street, Carlton, Victoria 3010, Australia Cancer Epidemiology Centre, Cancer Council Victoria, 615 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne, Victoria 3004, Australia. Centre for Alcohol Policy Research, La Trobe University, 215 Franklin St., Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia Centre for Health Equity, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, The University of Melbourne, 207 Bouverie Street, Carlton, Victoria 3010, Australia Centre for Social Research on Alcohol and Drugs, Stockholm University, SE - 106 91 Stockholm, Sweden.
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