Alcohol and Family History Can Increase Instances of Colon Cancer

Boston researchers have looked into data showing that 87,000 women and 47,000 had 1,810 colon cancer cases. The study started in 1980 up to today. It also revealed that those who take alcohol and have a colon cancer family history would be at risk for developing that type of cancer.

A high risk of colorectal cancer development were established to those who consumed an average of a few alcoholic drinks daily and have family members suffering from this type of cancer. This conclusion was also made by another study conducted by Harvard Medical School, the Brigham and Women's Hospital, and Channing Laboratory.

People who frequently eat red meat and grilled food are also prone to colon cancer. Lifestyle also has in effect especially those whose diets do not include cereals and vegetables. Some other risk factors for colorectal cancer are:

The study revealed a connection between colon cancer and family health history factors. However, a causal correlation between cancer development and drinking alcohol was not found.

People who had no line of colorectal cancer in the family showed no corresponding relationship between alcohol intake and colon cancer. Even if the subjects consumed more alcohol on a daily basis the researchers noted that they were not at risk. The report was released through the American Journal Medical Center, February issue.

There are many factors that can interplay in order to develop colon cancer but those whose family has a history of the disease are more prone to it.  It is recommended that when one reaches the age of 50, a colonoscopy should be made to check for anything irregular in the bowels. Prevention is a better option than treatment for colon cancer.