Drinking Alcohol and Scrotal Cancer Risk
Drinking alcohol (wine, beer and distilled spirits) does not increase the risk of developing scrotal cancer.
Risk factors for scrotal cancer include:
- Race. White men are more likely to develop scrotal cancer than are African-American men
- Exposure to long-wave ultraviolet radiation (UVA), which is commonly used to treat psoriasis.
- Occupation. Workers in the chimney sweep, parafin, shale oil, cotton spinning, machine operation, petroleum wax pressing, screw-making, and automatic lathe operating industries or are more likely to develop scrotal cancer.
The incidence of scrotal cancer has doubled over the past 30 years. Men should be alert to any sore on the scrotum, especially if it ulcerates or opens, and see a doctor. Most lumps on the scrotum are harmless, but any sore should be taken seriously.
Consuming alcohol isn't a risk factor for scrotal cancer. However, drinking alcohol regularly and in moderation is associated with better health and longer life 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 man consuming four drinks on any day and an average of 14 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. To a breathalyzer, they're all the same.
There is no evidence that any particular form of alcoholic beverage (beer, wine, or distilled spirits) confers greater health benefits than any other.
Note: This website does not make health or medical recommendations regarding drinking alcohol and scrotal cancer and none should be inferred.
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