Wednesday, 1 August 2007

Alcohol and bowel cancer linked

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As Heather reported on earlier today, another blow to alcohol consumption has been found. European research released this week shows a connection between alcohol consumption and the possibility of developing bowel cancer.

The research concluded that people who drink one or two glasses of beer or win per day increase their chances of developing rectal (bowel) cancer by 10 percent. Is that number such a big deal? Absolutely.

Sound like a low amount? It's not -- and the researchers apparently looked at more than 500,000 people in the study, so the results are quite statistically significant. Out of that population, 18,000 people were found to have bowel cancer and the researchers dug in deep until they found out the correlation(s) with certain lifestyle choices.

It's always a good idea to have alcohol in very moderate amounts (although wine has been found to be healthy and not healthy), and this research points to more evidence to support that point. Will you abandon alcohol completely, though?

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