Beer and lung cancer: no connection

SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH
alcohol and body
24/04/2006

Dr. Marleen Finoulst
Canadian scientist Andrea Benedetti found a connection between beer consumption and lung cancer and made headlines with this controversial finding. According to her epidemiological study, recently published in ‘Cancer Causes and Control’ (March 2006), a moderate to excessive beer consumption increases the risk of lung cancer, while drinking wine supposedly reduces the risk. Benedetti bases her inquiries in approximately 3 700 men and women with lung cancer. Andrea Benedetti immediately relativizes her own research: her study is an epidemiological study, which means that no cause-and-effect relation is demonstrated. It would in fact be rather remarkable if that were possible. The higher incidence of lung cancer in the group of beer-drinkers arises from other factors.

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