Drinking Alcohol and Bone Cancer Risk
Drinking alcohol (beer, spirits or wine) does not increase the risk of developing bone cancer.
Risk factors for bone cancer include:
- Exposure to high levels of radiation
- Certain anti-cancer drugs
- Heredity or family history of bone cancer
- Metal implants used to repair fractures or breaks in bones
Pain is the most common symptom of bone cancer, although not all bone cancers cause any pain. Swelling near a bone can also be a symptom of the disease. Because pain or swelling can be caused by many other conditions, it is wise to consult a doctor to have the problem diagnosed.
Drinking alcohol is not a risk factor for developing bone cancer. On the other hand, the moderate consumption of alcohol is associated with better health and living longer 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. For women, it is consuming three drinks in any one 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 bone cancer and none should be inferred.
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