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.
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
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.