Colon Polyps

Moderate drinking (a drink or two a day of beer, wine or distilled spirits) appears to reduce the risk for colon polyps by 80% compared to abstainers, according to research presented at the world's largest annual meeting of gasteroenterologists.

Colon cancer is the third most common cancer in the U.S. If undetected, many polyps will become cancerous.

The study, by a team of researchers led by Dr. Rajeev Jayadevan of Our Lady of Mercy Medical Center in New York City, involved over 600 healthy older adults.


  • Fafney, J. Moderate drinking may reduce tumors in the colon. Wine Spectator, 6-4-03, and: Mundell, E.J. Light Drinking May Keep Colon Polyps at Bay: Study. Health- Reuters, 6-19-03.

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