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Moderate Alcohol Consumption Linked to Reduced Risk of Kidney Cancer

by Dr. Reeja Tharu on  August 10, 2012 at 9:58 AM Health Watch   - G J E 4
A new study has suggested that moderate drinking may actually lower a person's risk for kidney cancer. It has substantiated previous findings that have indicated the same. In prospective cohort studies that have been published, the risk for such cancer among moderate drinkers is usually about 25 percent less than the risk seen among non-drinkers.
Moderate Alcohol Consumption Linked to Reduced Risk of Kidney Cancer
Moderate Alcohol Consumption Linked to Reduced Risk of Kidney Cancer
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This present study is a meta-analysis that supports the fact that there is a 29% lowering of risk in subjects who belong to the highest alcohol consumption category, in comparison to the subjects who belong to the lowest consumption category. The benefits are evident in those who drink one drink a day with the benefits increasing with the increase in consumption.

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The results report similar effect in both genders alike and for all types of alcoholic beverages.

Kidney cancer, which begins in the cells of the kidney, is found to affect about 1 percent of the general population. There are several factors that increase your risk for kidney cancer including family history, dialysis, high BP and smoking among others. The symptoms of kidney cancer include abdominal and back pain, blood in the urine and weight loss. Kidney cancer diagnosis is carried out through a series of analytical methods including urine and blood tests, abdominal ultrasound and CT scan. Chemotherapy and radiotherapy does not usually work well for these patients. Surgical removal of the affected parts seems to be the only option to treat the disease.

Although moderation holds the key, how much is 'moderate' is something that has not been clearly addressed. It has been suggested that moderate amount of alcohol consumption is beneficial to the heart and also to control menopausal symptoms. It would be well for us to go easy on alcohol and keep our intake within the basic limits until further research establishes the benefits of alcohol without doubt.

Source: Medindia
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