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Monday, July 8, 2013

Alcohol, Cardiovascular Disease and Cancer

We have read the excellent paper by Chiva-Blanch et al. (2013). The Authors affirm that moderate alcohol consumption (30 g/day for men and 15 g/day for women), expecially in the form of wine and beer, has cardioprotective effects through different mechanisms. Moreover, they report that three or more drinks per day may increase the risk of hypertention, stroke and breast cancer.
Recently, the International Agency for Cancer Research (IARC—WHO: World Health Organization) (IARC, 2010, 2012) has demonstrated sufficient evidence in humans for the carcinogenicity of alcohol consumption. Alcohol consumption causes cancers of the oral cavity, pharynx, larynx, oesophagus, colorectum, liver (hepatocellular carcinoma) and female breast. Also, an association has been observed between alcohol consumption and cancer of the pancreas.

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