Wednesday March 20, 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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Beware! Sipping Hot Tea Raises Risk of Esophageal Cancer

Esophageal cancer is the sixth most common cancer in India and eighth most globally. It affects more men than women.

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Scalding water irritates the lining of the mouth and throat which can fuel tumours, scientists believe. Pixabay

Love to drink your tea piping hot? Beware, it could raise the risk of esophageal cancer, finds a study.

The study showed that risk of esophageal cancer more than doubled among those who regularly drank tea at 75 degrees Celsius

However, waiting for at least four minutes before drinking a cup of freshly boiled tea can reduce the risk of the cancer arising from the oesophagus — the food pipe that runs between the throat and the stomach.

“Many people enjoy drinking tea, coffee, or other hot beverages. However, according to our report, drinking very hot tea can increase the risk of esophageal cancer, and it is therefore advisable to wait until hot beverages cool down before drinking,” said lead author Farhad Islami of the American Cancer Society.

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The study showed that risk of esophageal cancer more than doubled among those who regularly drank tea at 75 degrees Celsius. Pixabay

The study, published in the International Journal of Cancer, involved 50,045 individuals aged 40 to 75 years.

Drinking 700 ml per day of tea or more at a higher temperature (60 degrees Celsius or higher) was associated with a 90 per cent higher risk of esophageal cancer, the researchers said.

The results could also be extended to coffee, hot chocolate or other hot beverages.

Esophageal cancer is the sixth most common cancer in India and eighth most globally. It affects more men than women.

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The results could also be extended to coffee, hot chocolate or other hot beverages. pixabay

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In 2016, the World Health Organisation (WHO) had warned of the cancer risk associated with drinks above 65 degrees Celsius.

Scalding water irritates the lining of the mouth and throat which can fuel tumours, scientists believe. (IANS)