Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Smoking and drinking triples esophageal cancer risk

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AJG – April 22, 2014 – People who smoke and drink alcohol have three times the risk of cancer of the esophagus as those who do neither. The risk of esophageal squamous cell carcinoma for people who only smoke or drink alcohol is 20 percent to 30 percent higher than those who refrain, suggesting that the combination of the two has a synergistic affect on cancer risk. The esophagus is the tube connecting the stomach to the throat. Researchers analyzed data from five studies that involved comparing the effects of tobacco and or alcohol. The results were published online in the April 22, 2014 American Journal of Gastroenterology.

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