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November 4, 2009

The Link Between Alcohol And Cancer

Researchers have found a link between alcohol consumption and cancer. Researchers at Rush University Medical Center have identified a cellular pathway that may explain the link.

Alcohol stimulates what is called the epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition, in which run-of-the-mill cancer cells morph into a more aggressive form and begin to spread throughout the body.

This finding proves important because scientists may have found the cellular pathway to metastasis, the situation whereby cancer cells break away from their primary tumor and spread throughout the body. If scientists can interrupt this process, cancers may be able to be delayed at stage II where they are much more easy to cure.

Past studies show that some alcohol consumption has heart protective properties, but over-consumption is still a bad idea. Moderate alcohol consumption is one drink (12 ounces of beer, or 5 ounces of wine, or 1.5 ounces of 80-proof distilled spirits) for women per day and two drinks for men per day.

Don't drink if you are pregnant or trying to conceive, planning to drive or operate dangerous machinery, take medication (including OTCs), are a recovering alcoholic, or are under age 21.

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Posted by linda at November 4, 2009 8:22 AM

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