Alcohol and Colon Cancer Risk

National Cancer Institute Research shows that alcohol consumption is associated with increased risk of colon and rectal cancer.

Here is an excerpt:

"Colorectal cancer: Alcohol consumption is associated with a modestly increased risk of cancers of the colon and rectum. A meta-analysis of 57 cohort and case-control studies that examined the association between alcohol consumption and colorectal cancer risk showed that people who regularly drank 50 or more grams of alcohol per day (approximately 3.5 drinks) had 1.5 times the risk of developing colorectal cancer as nondrinkers or occasional drinkers (9). For every 10 grams of alcohol consumed per day, there was a small (7 percent) increase in the risk of colorectal cancer."

Presidents of GI Societies React to NYT Article

Presidents of GI Societies React to NYT Article

The GI community continues to react to The New York Times article on colonoscopy last week. Leaders of ASGE, ACG and AGA have communicated following the publication and have expressed a mutual commitment to clarifying for the public that colonoscopy is the best preventive test, its use has been lifesaving, it is generally considered cost effective, it is widely endorsed by the USPTF and American Cancer Society among others, and that it is recommended because it is in the best interests of our patients.  Each society immediately responded directly to the Times and we are exploring ways to work together longer term. Colonoscopy is one of gastroenterologists’ most valuable tools. Since 1998 when Medicare began covering colorectal cancer screening, we have together saved hundreds of thousands of lives through early detection and treatment of colorectal cancer.

Read response here.

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