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Br J Cancer. 2009 Nov 3;101(9):1630-4. doi: 10.1038/sj.bjc.6605337. Epub 2009 Sep 29.

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

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Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, 6120Executive Boulevard, Rockville, MD 20852, USA. meinholdc@mail.nih.gov

Abstract

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.

PMID:
19862001
PMCID:
PMC2778506
DOI:
10.1038/sj.bjc.6605337
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