Tobacco + Alcohol = Pancreatic Cancer?
Pancreatic cancer is one of the more serious cancers in that it is often inoperable and the life expectancy (5 years at best, more likely 2) is rather short. This is clearly something to avoid.
A new study found that “Alcohol and tobacco use are associated with a dose-related increased risk for earlier age of onset of pancreatic adenocarcinoma (pancreatic cancer).” “Dose-related increase risk” means that the more you smoke and drink, the greater the likelihood you will experience pancreatic cancer.
The study found that “heavy drinker” increased their risk of pancreatic cancer by 62%, while active smokers were more than two and a half times as likely to experience pancreatic cancer. The investigators went on to note that “although beer drinkers develop pancreatic cancer at an earlier age than nondrinkers, alcohol type did not have a significant effect after controlling for alcohol dose.”
This is a very serious reason to stop smoking and reduce drinking to a nominal level.