Monday June 24, 2019

Alcohol can be linked with seven types of Cancer: Research

While there has been evidence of an association between alcohol and cancer, the study claims it is causal, meaning it “directly causes cancer.”

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Alcohol is linked with 7 cancers. Image Source: www.ndtv.com
  • Researchers at the University of Otago in New Zealand said alcohol has a causal association with cancer of the oropharynx, larynx, esophagus, liver, colon, rectum and female breast
  • The risk of cancer from alcohol is largest among heavy drinkers but affects both light and moderate drinkers as well
  • 10 years of global data by groups such as the World Cancer Research Fund and the American Institute for Cancer Research and the International Agency for Research on Cancer were taken into account

New research links alcohol with seven types of cancer. Writing in the journal Addiction, researchers at the University of Otago in New Zealand say alcohol has a causal association with cancer of the oropharynx, larynx, esophagus, liver, colon, rectum and female breast.

Connection between Alcohol and Cancer. Image Source: www.cancernetwork.com
Connection between Alcohol and Cancer. Image Source: www.cancernetwork.com

While there has been evidence of an association between alcohol and cancer, the study claims it is causal, meaning it “directly causes cancer.”

The study was large, taking into account 10 years of global data collected by groups such as the World Cancer Research Fund and the American Institute for Cancer Research and the International Agency for Research on Cancer.

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The risk of cancer from alcohol is largest among heavy drinkers, but affects both light and moderate drinkers as well.

According to the study, alcohol was responsible for 5.8 percent of all cancer deaths in 2012.

Jana Witt (Cancer Research UK). Image Source: www.researchgate.net
Jana Witt (Cancer Research UK). Image Source: www.researchgate.net

“We know that nine in 10 people aren’t aware of the link between alcohol and cancer,” Jana Witt of Cancer Research UK, who did not contribute to the study, told The Guardian newspaper. “And this review is a stark reminder that there’s strong evidence linking the two.”

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And if you’re thinking that a little wine may help fight cardiovascular disease, this new study finds that the “evidence that moderate drinking provides protection against cardiovascular disease is not strong.” (VOA)

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    Such researches can help a great deal in keeping consumption in check!

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GRAIL Announces Significant Progress on Blood Tests to Detect Cancer

Grail's new results are from 2,300 people

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GRAIL, Blood Tests, Detect, Cancer
FILE A patient has her blood drawn at a hospital in Philadelphia to monitor her cancer treatment. VOA

A California company says its experimental blood test was able to detect many types of cancer at an early stage and gave very few false alarms in a study that included people with and without the disease.

Many companies are trying to develop early detection “liquid biopsy” tests that capture bits of DNA that cancer cells shed into blood.

GRAIL, Blood Tests, Detect, Cancer
A California company says its experimental blood test was able to detect many types of cancer at an early stage. VOA

Grail’s new results are from 2,300 people. The test detected 55% of known cancers and gave false alarms for 1%. It also accurately suggested where the cancer may be about 90% of the time.

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The company gave results in news release Friday and will report them Saturday at a conference in Chicago. They have not been published or reviewed by other scientists. (VOA)