Alcohol intake and risk of thyroid cancer PDF Print E-mail

Br J Cancer. 2009 Nov 3;101(9):1630-4. Epub 2009 Sep 29.

Alcohol intake and risk of thyroid cancer in the NIH-AARP Diet and Health Study.

Meinhold CL, Park Y, Stolzenberg-Solomon RZ, Hollenbeck AR, Schatzkin A, Berrington de Gonzalez A.

Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, 6120Executive Boulevard, Rockville, MD 20852, USA. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

BACKGROUND: Certain studies suggest that alcohol may reduce the risk of thyroid cancer in women, but the effect in men remains unclear. METHODS: We analysed the association between alcohol and thyroid cancer in a large (n=490 159) prospective NIH-AARP Diet and Health Study with self-reported beer, wine, and liquor intakes. RESULTS: Over 7.5 years of follow-up (median), 170 men and 200 women developed thyroid cancer. Overall, the thyroid cancer risk decreased with greater alcohol consumption (> or =2 drinks per day vs none, relative risk=0.57, 95% CI 0.36-0.89, P-trend=0.01). CONCLUSIONS: These results suggest a potential protective role for alcohol consumption in thyroid cancer.

PMCID: PMC2778506 [Available on 2010/11/3]





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