Colon Cancer Risk Linked To Alcohol Use And Family History Of Colorectal Cancer

HealthDay (2/4, Preidt) reported that individuals “who consume a few alcoholic drinks a day and have a family history of colorectal cancer are at increased risk for developing colon cancer,” according to research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Investigators looked at “data from more than 87,000 women in the Nurses’ Health Study and 47,000 men in the Health Professionals Follow-up Study, and found that 1,801 cases of colon cancer were diagnosed among the participants from 1980 onward.” The researchers found that those “with a family history of colorectal cancer who drank an average of 30 or more grams of alcohol per day (about 2.5 typical drinks in the United States) were at increased risk for colon cancer,” but “no significant association was found between alcohol consumption and colon cancer” among individuals with no “family history of colorectal cancer.”