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Individuals who used alcohol and tobacco in combination exhibited an approximately threefold risk of developing esophageal squamous cell carcinoma vs. those who only smoked or drank, according to recent findings.

Previous studies have identified risk factors for the development of esophageal squamous cell carcinoma, in particular exposure to alcohol and tobacco, Anoop Prabhu, MD, from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Medical Center, and colleagues chose to examine the interaction between alcohol and tobacco in the risk esophageal cancer.

According to study results, the use of tobacco or alcohol was related to a 2030% increased risk for esophageal squamous cell carcinoma vs. nonuse.

Our systematic review confirmed the expected exposure-dependent relationship of both alcohol and tobacco with the risk of [esophageal squamous cell carcinoma], as alcohol use and tobacco use were both independent risk factors for the development of [esophageal squamous cell carcinoma]” Prabhu said in a press release.

Our study suggests that not only do alcohol and tobacco play an important role in the development of esophageal cancer, the combination of their use markedly increases their potency as carcinogens” Prabhu said. “As a result, we as physicians should focus efforts directed at controlling the burden of esophageal cancer on those who consume both of these substances.

Source: Healio- Hematology/ Oncology

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