New research has determined that heavy drinking ups women’s risk of endometrial cancer. Nicholas Bakalar of The New York Times investigates:It’s hard to make a good case for heavy drinking. It’d probably be a waste of breath, especially after you consider this.
Researchers examined a multiethnic group of 41,574 postmenopausal women, following them for an average of eight years and using questionnaires about diet and drinking habits. In that time, the team found 324 cases of endometrial cancer, the type that forms in the tissue that lines the uterus. According to the National Cancer Institute, the United States has 40,000 new cases of endometrial cancer a year and 7,400 deaths.For more foods that’ll mess you up, check out DiseaseProof’s hurtful foods category.
After controlling for variables including body mass index, age, hormone therapy and whether they had been pregnant, the researchers found that women who had less than two drinks a day had no increased risk of endometrial cancer. But those who had more than two drinks a day had slightly more than twice the risk. It made no difference whether the women drank beer, wine or hard liquor.