I don't drink but was picqued by the title of this topic because it is so much like other topics about meat, etc.
The ACS states it as HEAVY alcohol consumption.....and I don't think a glass a day, particularly of wine, is what they are talking about. It's the same thing with the whole red meat shakeup. If one reads the entire article and not just the sensational headlines, it's a REPEATED consumption of more than 20 Ounces of red meat/week that increases the risk. Studies didn't show any difference for the person who eats red meat once or twice a week (and the initial studies didn't differentiate between processed meats/red meats).
There are studies which actually show that resveratrol, a compound found in wine, actually inhibits polyp formation. Studies have also shown that, in moderation, red wine is good for one's heart so IMO, drinking a glass or two a few times a week is not only good for your heart but is also likely fine for the rest of your body.
I don't drink at all....not because of colon/rectal cancer (or any other cancers...I just don't like the stuff) but, again, IMO, I don't consider HEAVY alcohol consumption to be what you are talking about.
Just an FYI....I've been clear for 11 years now (last treatment was 4.20.2007) and I have always enjoyed my burgers, steak, etc. a few times a week and will continue to do so. I didn't go through all of that to deprive myself of what I want. Life is too short!
Dx 6/22/2006 IIA rectal cancer
6 wks rad/Xeloda -finished 9/06
1st attempt transanal excision 11/06
11/17/06 XELOX 1 cycle
5 months Xeloda only Dec '06 - April '07
10+ blood clots, 1 DVT 1/07
transanal excision 4/20/07 path-NO CANCER CELLS!
NED now and forever!
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