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Title: Alcohol intake and risk of thyroid cancer in the NIH-AARP Diet and Health Study.
Authors: Meinhold CL,  Park Y,  Stolzenberg-Solomon RZ,  Hollenbeck AR,  Schatzkin A,  Berrington de Gonzalez A
Journal: Br J Cancer
Date: 2009 Nov 3
Branches: MEB, REB
PubMed ID: 19862001
PMC ID: PMC2778506
Abstract: BACKGROUND: Certain studies suggest that alcohol may reduce the risk of thyroid cancer in women, but the effect in men remains unclear. METHODS: We analysed the association between alcohol and thyroid cancer in a large (n=490 159) prospective NIH-AARP Diet and Health Study with self-reported beer, wine, and liquor intakes. RESULTS: Over 7.5 years of follow-up (median), 170 men and 200 women developed thyroid cancer. Overall, the thyroid cancer risk decreased with greater alcohol consumption (> or =2 drinks per day vs none, relative risk=0.57, 95% CI 0.36-0.89, P-trend=0.01). CONCLUSIONS: These results suggest a potential protective role for alcohol consumption in thyroid cancer.