Latest scientific news 10 April 2015

No ovarian cancer risk with moderate consumption of alcoholic beverages

The results of a meta-analysis suggested that moderate intake of alcoholic beverages is not associated with ovarian cancer risk.

Consumption of alcoholic beverages has been inconsistently associated with the risk of ovarian cancer. Chinese researchers summarized data from 13 prospective cohort studies with almost 2 million individuals examining the relationship between alcohol consumption and ovarian cancer in a meta-analysis. The drinking of alcoholic beverages had little to no effect on ovarian cancer incidence when compared to non-drinkers. Also low, moderate or heavy consumption was not related with the risk of ovarian cancer. However, heavy alcohol intake was associated with an increased risk in multiple subpopulations.

Yan-Hong H, Jing L, Hong L, Shan-Shan H, Yan L, Ju L. Association between alcohol consumption and the risk of ovarian cancer: a meta-analysis of prospective observational studies. BMC Public Health 2015;15:223

For more information about this article, read the scientific abstract here.