Drinking Alcohol and Fallopian Tube Cancer Risk
Drinking alcohol is not a risk factor for developing fallopian tube cancer or carcinoma. That's the conclusion of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the Australian National Centre for Gynaecological Cancers, CancerHelp UK, the Stanford University Cancer Center, the Abramson Cancer Center (University of Pennsylvania), the M.D. Abramson Cancer Center (University of Texas), and other medical organizations.
Risk factors include:
- Age. Fallopian tube cancer occurs most often between the ages of 50 and 66. The peak incidence is between ages 60 and 66.
- Having certain genetic mutations
- Being Caucasian
- Having a family history of fallopian tube cancer.
- Having had no or few children
- Having chronic infection of the reproductive system
Factors that reduce the risk of developing fallopian tube cancer are:
- Having used hormonal contraception
- Having had more than than a few children
- Having breast-fed children
Common symptoms of fallopian tube cancer are:
- Irregular or heavy vaginal bleeding, especially after menopause
- Occasional abdominal or pelvic pain or feeling of pressure
- Unusual vaginal discharge, which might be clear, white or slightly pink (tinged with blood)
- A pelvic mass or lump
- Abdominal pain that comes in spasms
- Enlarged pelvis
A woman with any of these symptoms should see her doctor.
Drinking alcohol is not a risk factor for developing fallopian tube cancer. On the other hand, the moderate consumption of alcohol is associated with better health and greater longevity than is either abstaining from alcohol or drinking abusively.
Drinking in moderation has been described by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) as a woman consuming three drinks on any day and an average of seven drinks per week.
A standard alcoholic drink is:
- A 12-ounce can or bottle of regular beer
- A 5-ounce glass of dinner wine
- A shot (one and one-half ounces) of 80 proof liquor or spirits such as vodka, tequila, or rum either straight or in a mixed drink.
Standard drinks contain equivalent amounts of alcohol.
There is no evidence that any particular form of alcoholic beverage (beer, wine, or distilled spirits) confers greater health or longevity benefits than any other.
Note: This website does not make health or medical recommendations regarding drinking alcohol and fallopian tube cancer and none should be inferred.
Readings on Fallopian Tube Cancer or Carcinoma:
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Internet Resources on Fallopian Tube Cancer:
- Fallopian Tube Cancer Risk Factors http://www.mdanderson.org/patient-and-cancer-information/cancer-information/cancer-types/fallopian-tube-cancer/index.html
- Fallopian Tube Cancer Risk Factors and Prevention http://www.cancer.net/patient/Cancer+Types/Fallopian+Tube+Cancer?sectionTitle=Risk%20Factors%20and%20Prevention
- Fallopian Tube Cancer http://cancer.about.com/od/fallopiantubecancer/Fallopian_Tube_Cancer.htm
- Symptoms of Fallopian Tube Cancer http://cancer.about.com/od/fallopiantubecancer/a/fallopiansympto.htm
- Risks and Causes of Fallopian Tube Cancer http://www.cancerhelp.org.uk/about-cancer/cancer-questions/what-is-fallopian-tube-cancer#causes
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- Fallopian Tube Cancer. http://cancer.stanford.edu/female/fallopian.html
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- Fallopian tube Cancer - Who is at Risk? http://www.canceraustralia.gov.au/media/files/ncgc/information_resources/fallopian/05.2%20Fallopian%20tube%20Who%20at%20risk_%20%5B06_04%5D1.pdf
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