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Study: Moderate Drinking Cuts Cancer Risk

Thursday, 29 December 2005 12:00 AM

Here's some good news on the benefits of moderate drinking - it may lower the risk of kidney cancer, at least in middle-aged women, according to an interesting study from Sweden.

The study, headed by Dr. Alicja Wolk, of the prestigious Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, analyzed information on the drinking habits of nearly 60,000 women between 1987 and 1990. At that time all the women were 40 to 76 years old and free of cancer.

By 2004, the women had developed a total of 132 cases of a common type of kidney cancer called renal cell carcinoma.

And analysis showed those women who habitually drank at least one serving of alcohol per week had a 38 percent lower risk of renal cell carcinoma than those who drank less. For women over 55 years old, the risk was reduced even more -- by 66 percent.

The Swedish researchers aren't sure how or why alcohol exerts it's anti-cancer effect, however they think it may operate somewhat like the statin drugs, which have also been shown to help protect against kidney cancer.

"In postmenopausal women, moderate consumption of alcohol was associated with decreased triglyceride concentrations," they note in the study, published in the International Journal of Cancer.

"Thus, alcohol consumption has similar effects as cholesterol-lowering statin drugs ... use of which has been associated with a 20 percent decrease of renal cell carcinoma risk."

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