Alcohol and scrotal cancer. Are they linked? That is, does drinking alcohol increase the risk of forming cancer of the scrotum? In a word, no.
After studying the findings of research around the world, that’s the conclusion of medical organizations. They include the American Cancer Society, National Institutes of Health, American Society of Clinical Oncology, and others.
These conclusions about alcohol and scrotal cancer risk apply to wine, beer and spirits (liquor).
Scrotal Cancer Risk Factors
Risk factors for scrotal cancer include any of these.
- Race. White men are more likely to form scrotal cancer.
- Exposure to long-wave ultraviolet radiation (UVA). Doctors often use this to treat psoriasis.
- Occupation. Those working in some occupations are at more risk. These include working in chimney sweeping, parafin, shale oil, cotton spinning, and machine operation. Also those in petroleum wax pressing, screw-making, and lathe operating.
The incidence of scrotal cancer has doubled over the past 30 years. Men should be alert to any sore on the scrotum. Especially if it ulcerates or opens they should see a doctor. Most lumps on the scrotum are harmless. But a man should take any sore seriously. Better safe than sorry.
Moderate Drinking Benefits Health
Yet drinking regularly and in moderation is linked with better health and longer life. That’s compared with either not drinking or drinking abusively.
A federal agency (NIAAA) has defined drinking in moderation. For a man it’s having two drinker day.
Standard drinks have equal amounts of pure alcohol. It’s 0.6 of an ounce.
Also, beer, wine, and spirits give similar health and long life benefits.
- This site gives no advice. That includes alcohol alcohol and scrotal cancer. Please see your doctor with questions.