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High intake of alcoholic beverages in early adulthood and risk of colon cancer later in life

In three large US prospective studies, higher intake of alcoholic beverages (≥15g/day) during early adulthood was related to a higher risk of colorectal cancer later in life compared to non-drinkers. This risk was independent of the level of smoking in early adulthood and intake of alcoholic beverages during midlife. These results suggest that early adulthood may be a potential period where there is an increased susceptibility to colorectal cancer.


Hur J, Smith-Warner SA, Rimm EB, Willett WC, Wu K, Cao Y, Giovannucci E. Alcohol intake in early adulthood and risk of colorectal cancer: three large prospective cohort studies of men and women in the United States. Eur J Epidemiol. 2021 Mar;36(3):325-333. doi: 10.1007/s10654-021-00723-x. Epub 2021 Feb 15. PMID: 33586078.

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