Latest scientific news 22 April 2021

High intake of alcoholic beverages in early adulthood and risk of colon cancer later in life

In three large US prospective studies, higher intake of alcoholic beverages (≥15g/day) during early adulthood was related to a higher risk of colorectal cancer later in life compared to non-drinkers. This risk was independent of the level of smoking in early adulthood and intake of alcoholic beverages during midlife. These results suggest that early adulthood may be a potential period where there is an increased susceptibility to colorectal cancer.

Hur J, Smith-Warner SA, Rimm EB, Willett WC, Wu K, Cao Y, Giovannucci E. Alcohol intake in early adulthood and risk of colorectal cancer: three large prospective cohort studies of men and women in the United States. Eur J Epidemiol. 2021 Mar;36(3):325-333. doi: 10.1007/s10654-021-00723-x. Epub 2021 Feb 15. PMID: 33586078.

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