Smoking And Drinking Increases The Risk Of Stomach and Throat Cancers

Smoking And Drinking Increases The Risk Of Stomach and Throat Cancers

            According to a recent Dutch study, smoking can increase a person's risk to major types of esophageal and stomach cancers, while drinking also increases the risk, but has narrow effects.The study observed 120,000 adults for 16 years and found that smoking increased the risk of getting two types of esophageal cancer and two main types of stomach cancer compared to non-smokers. The risk increase was calculated at anywhere from 60 percent to a whopping 263 percent.

            The study found that people who drank around 30 grams of alcohol daily were 5 times more susceptible developing cancer compared to people who were teetotalers. Also, alcohol affected the risk of developing esophageal squamous cell carcinoma, a type of cancer that develops in the upper portion of the esophagus.

           In the last couple of decades, cases of esophageal adenocarcinoma have increased in the US and Europe. So, also with gastric cardia adenocarcinoma. However, in both types of cancers, alcohol is not connected in any way. Therefore, changes in the drinking pattern cannot explain the increase in the number of cases. Also, as the habit of smoking has not been increasing. So, even smoking patterns cannot explain the increasing number of the cancers. Therefore, the researchers are now recommending more research to find out what other risks are associated with the two subtypes of esophageal and stomach cancers.

           However, the research did show that people who smoked had a higher risk of developing non-cardia adenocarcinoma, cardia adenocarcinoma esophageal squamous cell carcinoma and esophageal adenocarcinoma. The research also points out that smoking and drinking are both risk factors for developing esophageal squamous cell carcinoma. Smokers who drank corresponding to one or two glasses of wine on a daily basis were eight times more likely to get cancer compared to non-smokers who did not drink alcohol or drank little alcohol.

Smoking And Drinking Increases The Risk Of Stomach and Throat Cancers