Wednesday, 1 August 2007

Does aclohol actually increase chances of bowel cancer?

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A British study could raise a ruckus for those who enjoy a glass of wine or a cold beer at the end of the day. After polling nearly 500,000 people in 10 different European countries, a group of researchers with the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC) have come to the conclusion that two servings of alcohol per day actually increased the study group's bowel cancer rate by ten per cent. BY increasing that daily intake to 3 or 4 servings, the cancer rate increased to 25 per cent.

Some factors that came in to consideration with the study was the strength of the alcohol consumed. The stronger the drink, the more likely the drinker was to get cancer. Another factor was time. The participants were followed over a six year period, during which nearly 2,000 developed bowel cancer.

The researchers are quick to say that awareness of alcohol consumption is a key factor in the study. Daily alcohol consumption coupled with smoking is unhealthy. Large servings of alcohol are also a danger. for more information, click here.

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