Consuming Alcohol After Prostate Cancer Diagnosis is Detrimental, Canadian Study Says

Consuming Alcohol After Prostate Cancer Diagnosis is Detrimental, Canadian Study Says
Alcohol consumption after prostate cancer diagnosis is associated with reduced prostate cancer-specific survival, specifically in men who consume more than two drinks per day, according to a Canadian study. The study, “Post-diagnosis alcohol intake and prostate cancer survival: A population-based cohort study,” appeared in the International Journal of Cancer. Excessive alcohol consumption is a major health concern, as it has been declared a cancer-causing substance by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and is a potential risk factor for several types of cancer. Also, some studies have suggested that the risk is dependent on how much alcohol is consumed, with heavy drinkers having the higher risk. Regarding prostate cancer, a recent meta-analysis has linked alcohol consumption to an increased risk of prostate cancer. However, evidence for an association between alcohol consumption post-diagnosis and prostate cancer survival remains inconsistent. To investigate how alcohol consumption post-diagnosis was related to survival in men diagnosed with prostate cancer, researchers examined 829 patients diagnosed between 1997 and 2000, in Alberta, Canada. All patients had invasive prostate cancer and were younger than 80 years (average of 67.3 years). Information regarding pre- and post-diagnosis alcohol consumption, clinical features, and lifestyle factors was collected shortly after diagnosis, and again after two-to-three years. Participants were followed for up to 19 years to assess survival outcomes. The majority of participants (92.1%) reported drinking alcohol in their lifetimes, and 71% after diagnosis (more than once a month for six months). Men with the highest alcohol consumption appeared to be less active, current or former smo
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