gpawelski Posted December 16, 2008 Share Posted December 16, 2008 The question: Does consumption of alcoholic beverages affect the likelihood that someone will develop lung cancer? This study: It analyzed data on 78,168 men, with an average age of 58. In about a four-year period, 210 were diagnosed with lung cancer. Consumption of beer, white wine or liquor had no bearing on the occurrence of lung cancer. However, as consumption of red wine increased, lung-cancer risk fell, with each additional glass of wine a month corresponding to about a 2 percent drop in risk. Men who had smoked at some point realized the greatest benefit: Those who drank one glass of red wine daily were 60 percent less likely to have developed lung cancer than were those who did not drink red wine. Who may be affected? Men who drink alcoholic beverages. More than 100,000 men develop lung cancer each year in the United States. Although the reason lung cancer strikes one person and not another often remains unclear, certain factors do increase risk, including exposure to tobacco smoke, radon, asbestos, some chemicals and air pollution, as does having a family history of the disease. Lung cancer occurs most often in people older than 65. Caveats: Data on alcohol consumption came from the men's responses to questionnaires about recent consumption and did not include information on long-term use. Because most men reported drinking moderate amounts of alcohol, the study did not determine the effects of heavy drinking. Source: October issue of Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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