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HIGH ALCOHOL INTAKE IN ADOLESCENCE MAY AFFECT AGGRESSIVENESS OF PROSTATE CANCER LATER IN LIFE - SPECIALTY PHARMACY TIMES

Heavy alcohol consumption at an early age may be linked to a 3-fold increased risk of being diagnosed with high-grade prostate cancer, according to a new study published in Cancer Prevention Research. Previous studies have supported the association between alcohol intake and increased overall cancer risk; however, researchers aimed to investigate whether alcohol consumption during adolescence is associated with more aggressive prostate cancer later in life.Because the prostate grows rapidly during adolescence, it is potentially more susceptible to carcinogenic exposure, such as alcohol intake, at an early age, the researchers noted.To analyze the effect of early alcohol consumption on prostate cancer development, the researchers evaluated data from 650 men undergoing prostate biopsy at the Durham Veterans Affairs Medical Center between January 2007 and January 2018. These men had no prior history of prostate cancer and ranged in age from 40 to 89 years old.The participants completed questionnaires that assessed the average number of alcoholic drinks consumed weekly during each decade of life to determine age-specific and cumulative lifetime alcohol intake.According to their findings, heavy alcohol intake between the ages of 15 and 19 years was not associated with overall prostate cancer. However, men who consumed at least 7 drinks per ...

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