Consuming at least seven alcoholic beverages a week in adolescence may increase the risk of high-grade prostate cancer later.
A new study has found that heavy drinking at ages 15-19 is not associated with prostate cancer. However, consuming at least seven drinks a week at this age increased by 3.2 times the likelihood of high-grade prostate cancer.
"The prostate is an organ that grows rapidly during puberty, making it potentially more susceptible to cancer adolescence during adolescence," said co-author Emma Allott, assistant professor at the University of North Carolina.
"For this reason, we wanted to investigate whether heavy alcohol consumption in early life was later associated with the aggressiveness of prostate cancer." Allott added:
For the study published in Cancer Prevention Research, the research team evaluated data from 650 men undergoing prostate biopsy between January 2007 and January 201
These veterans had no history of prostate cancer age ranged from 49 to 89 years old. The population was racially different – 54 percent of the patients were not white.
Men completed questionnaires that determined the average number of weekly consumed alcoholic drinks in each decade of life to determine the age-specific and cumulative alcohol consumption duration. 19659003] Those who consumed at least seven alcoholic drinks per week at ages 20-29, 30-39, and 40-49 reported 3.14, 3.09, and 3.64 times the chances of high-grade prostate cancer, compared to Drinkers
However, current alcohol consumption was not significantly associated with high-grade prostate cancer, the researchers said.
The team also investigated the relationship between cumulative alcohol consumption and prostate cancer diagnosis.
Compared with men in the lowest lifespan of lifetime alcohol consumption, those in the upper Tertile had 3.2 times the chances of being diagnosed with high-grade prostate cancer at biopsy, the team said.