Heavy Drinking Might Raise Risk of Pancreatic Cancer

on 16/03/11 at 10:40 pm

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Large study found 36% increased chance of succumbing to disease among hard liquor drinkers.

Heavy drinkers have an increased risk of dying from pancreatic cancer, new research shows.

In fact, people who never smoke, a known risk factor for the disease, but who have three or more drinks of hard liquor a day face a 36 percent higher risk of dying from pancreatic cancer, compared with nondrinkers, the study found.

“Overall, these findings add to the evidence that heavy alcohol intake is an independent risk factor for pancreatic cancer,” said lead researcher Susan Gapstur, vice president of epidemiology for the American Cancer Society.

“Furthermore, they underscore the importance of the American Cancer Society guideline for cancer prevention recommending that if you drink alcoholic beverages, limit consumption to no more than one drink per day if you are a woman or two drinks per day if you are a man,” she said.

Pancreatic cancer is one of the deadliest cancers. Often, by the time symptoms appear the cancer is in an advanced stage and spreading rapidly. To make matters worse, pancreatic cancer is also hard to treat. The overall five-year survival rate from this cancer is less than 5 percent.

{Full story via Bloomberg}

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