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Individuals who drink alcohol in excess may benefit from blood testing to determine if they have colon cancer, as a new study has shown that too much drinking may be associated with an increased risk of developing the condition.
A team of researchers from Boston University analyzed the results of several previously published studies conducted in countries around the world. Their results showed no correlation between moderate drinking and colon cancer risk. However, the study indicated that those who drank more than the equivalent of two alcoholic beverages per day were 52 percent more likely to develop the condition.
The findings have important implications, as colon cancer is one of the most common forms of the disease. It is also largely preventable and generally caused by lifestyle habits. Experts often say a lack of exercise and unhealthy diet are the most common causes of colon cancer, but the new findings suggest alcohol should also be added to the list.
The team did not look into individuals' drinking patterns - whether they consume one to two drinks every day or seven to 14 drinks over the course of two nights. Future studies should assess whether or not this factor makes a difference.
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