Heavy Drinking Associated with Increased Risk of Death from Pancreatic Cancer

15 Mar 2011 --- Compared with non-drinkers, consuming three or more drinks of liquor per day was associated with an increased risk of pancreatic cancer death in the total study population.

3/15/2011 --- Heavy alcohol consumption, specifically three or more glasses of liquor a day, is associated with an increased risk of death from pancreatic cancer, according to a report in the March 14 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.

"Alcoholic beverage consumption a modifiable lifestyle factor is causally related to several cancers, including oral cavity, pharynx, larynx, esophagus, liver, colorectum and female breast," the authors write as background information in the article. "Heavy alcohol consumption causes acute and chronic pancreatitis but has never been linked definitively to pancreatic cancer."

Using data from the Cancer Prevention Study II (CPS-II), Susan M. Gapstur, Ph.D., M.P.H., and colleagues from the American Cancer Society, Atlanta, examined the association between alcohol intake and pancreatic cancer. The CPS-II is a long-term prospective study of U.S. adults 30 years and older. Initial data on alcohol consumption was gathered in 1982, and based on follow-up through 2006, there were 6,847 pancreatic cancer deaths among one million participants.

Of the million participants (453,770 men and 576,697 women), 45.7 percent of men and 62.5 percent of women were non-drinkers. The analyses of men only and of men and women combined showed statistically significant increased risk of pancreatic cancer death for consumption of three drinks per day and four or more drinks per day, whereas for women only the estimated risk of death from pancreatic cancer was statistically significant for consumption of four or more drinks per day.

Compared with non-drinkers, consuming three or more drinks of liquor per day was associated with an increased risk of pancreatic cancer death in the total study population, and consumption of two or more drinks of liquor per day was associated with an increased risk in both never smokers and in those who had ever smoked. This association was observed for liquor consumption but not for beer or wine.

In never smokers, there was a 36 percent higher risk of pancreatic cancer death associated with consuming three or more drinks a day compared with non-drinkers for men and women combined. In those who had ever smoked, there was a 16 percent higher risk of death from pancreatic cancer after adjustment for smoking history and other variables.

"Findings from the prospective study presented herein strongly support the hypothesis that alcohol consumption, in particular heavy intake, also is an independent risk factor for pancreatic cancer, the fourth most common cause of cancer mortality [death] in the United States," the authors conclude.

Related Articles

Nutrition & Health News

Yogurt found to boost mineral density in bones

14 Sep 2017 --- Yogurt is known as a rich source of calcium, magnesium, B vitamins, protein, branched-chain amino acids, bioactive peptides and probiotics – and all of these might contribute to musculoskeletal health, a study recently published in the Osteoporosis International journal has noted. 

Nutrition & Health News

NuGo launches “first and only” gluten-free pea protein cookie

12 Sep 2017 --- NuGo Nutrition is expanding its line of products by launching NuGo Protein Cookies, which it calls the first and only gluten-free, vegan pea protein cookie. NuGo states in its press release that it is the first major protein bar brand to launch protein cookies. The baked cookies have a short list of clean, non-GMO ingredients with 16 grams of protein in every package, it adds.

Nutrition & Health News

Whole grains decrease colorectal cancer risk, report states

07 Sep 2017 --- Daily consumption of whole grains, such as brown rice or whole-wheat bread, reduces colorectal cancer risk, with the more you eat the lower the risk. This is according to a report by the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) and the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF). 

Nutrition & Health News

Prenatal lack of omega 3 and omega 6 linked to schizophrenic symptoms in offspring

06 Sep 2017 --- Researchers have discovered a process through which changes in nutrition during early mouse pregnancy lead to offspring that develop schizophrenic-like symptoms as adults. Published in Translational Psychiatry, the study from the RIKEN Brain Science Institute in Japan shows how deprivation of two polyunsaturated fatty acids during early gestation can have long-lasting effects on offspring through specific changes in gene expression.

Nutrition & Health News

Studies suggest hair and brain health benefits of ExcelVite’s tocotrienol complex

06 Sep 2017 --- ExcelVite’s palm vitamin E tocotrienol complex known as EVNol SupraBio has been given a surprising potential new use, as an Ohio State University study has suggested that it can induce hair follicle growth. Vitamin E occurs naturally in eight different forms. The form of vitamin E used in the study, tocotrienol or TCT, is not abundant in the American diet but is available as a nutritional supplement. It is a common component of a typical Southeast Asian diet.

More Articles
URL : http://www.nutritioninsight.com:80/news/Heavy-Drinking-Associated-with-Increased-Risk-of-Death-from-Pancreatic-Cancer.html