Washington: High levels of alcohol consumption can increase risk of colon cancer in people with a positive family history of such cancer, researchers have warned.A study based on more than 87,000 women and 47,000 men in the Nurses`` Health Study and the Health Professionals Follow-up Study, looks at whether there is a link between colon cancer and alcohol, and if so at what level of consumption, and the importance of a family history of the disease.A total of 1,801 cases of colon cancer were diagnosed during follow-up from 1980 onwards.The results revealed that subjects with a family history, whose average alcohol intake was 30 or more grams per day (about 2 ½ typical drinks by US standards or 4 UK units), had an increase in their risk of colon cancer.
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