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3 Drinks a Day Can Give You Liver Cancer: Study

By    |   Thursday, 26 March 2015 12:25 PM


Three alcoholic drinks a day raise your risk for liver cancer, says a review of global research, but drinking coffee lowers risk.

Liver cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths worldwide, and it is increasing in the United States.

The report, "Diet, Nutrition, Physical Activity and Liver Cancer," was a partnership between the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) and World Cancer Research Fund International's Continuous Update Project (CUP).

The report also found strong evidence that linked liver cancer with being overweight. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 69 percent of all U.S. adults are overweight or obese.

The report analyzed 34 studies involving more than 8.2 million people and more than 24,500 cases of liver cancer. It's the most in-depth review of global research linking diet, weight, and physical activity to the odds of developing liver cancer.

"This is the first time there’s been such a clear signal from a rigorous systematic review on the links between obesity increasing risk of liver cancer and coffee decreasing risk," said Stephen Hursting, Ph.D., M.P.H., researcher at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and one of the CUP expert panelists. The report also hinted that both physical activity and eating fish decrease the risk of liver cancer.

The report also reaffirms the link between alcohol consumption and liver cancer, and for the first time pinpoints the daily amount that raises risk. "We now have a little more precision on the alcohol-liver cancer link," Hursting said. "Getting above three drinks a day seems to dramatically increase risk."

Since alcohol raises risk at lower levels for other types of cancers, experts at AICR recommend that women limit themselves to a single drink each day and men to two drinks per day.

The AICR now estimates that being at a healthy weight and avoiding alcohol could prevent almost one-third (30 percent) of U.S. liver cancers every year.
"The evidence on obesity and cancer is only getting stronger," Hursting said. “We’re looking at a tsunami of obesity-related cancer coming."

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