Association is not causation. A randomized clinical trial is the only
way to prove a cause/effect relation. A moment's reflection will convince anyone that there are many carcinogenic factors that may be associated with higher alcohol intake - genetic factors, socio-economic factors, poor nutrition, endocrine effects stemming from the factors that drive increased alcohol consumption (e.g., stress response), poor exercise habits, etc. Yet the media always report stuff like this as if they are causative factors. Usually the NY Times does a better job.
At any rate, "alcohol intake was directly associated with the risk of hormone-dependent cancers and breast cancer but not prostate cancer.
" It was only among heavy drinkers with low fiber intake that there was an association with prostate cancer. This suggests that poor nutrition among heavy drinkers may be the real cause. Eat your vegetables, and drink up!ajcn.nutrition.org/content/102/1/182
Allen - not an MD
•PSA=7.3, prostate volume=55cc, 8/17 cores G6 5-35% involvement
•SBRT 9 yr onc. results
•SBRT 7 yr QOL results
•treated 10/2010 at age 57 at UCLA,PSA now: 0.1,no lasting urinary, rectal or sexual SEsmy PC blog