Alcohol and fallopian tube cancer. Are they related? In a word, no.
Overview I. Alcohol Not a Risk II. Risk Factors III. Symptoms IV. Drinking Good V. Resources
I. Alcohol Not a Risk
II. Risk Factors
IV. Drinking Good
I. Alcohol Not a Risk Factor
Drinking alcohol is not a risk factor for developing fallopian tube cancer. So says the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the Australian National Centre for Gynaecological Cancers, and CancerHelp UK. Also of the Stanford University Cancer Center and the Abramson Cancer Center (U of Pennsylvania). In addition, it’s the conclusion of the M.D. Abramson Cancer Center (U of Texas), and many other medical organizations.
II. Fallopian Tube Cancer Risk Factors
Risk factors include these.
- Age. Fallopian tube cancer occurs most often between the ages of 50 and 66. The peak is between ages 60 and 66.
- Certain genetic mutations.
- Being Caucasian.
- Family history of fallopian tube cancer.
- Having had no or few children.
- Chronic infection of the reproductive system
Factors that reduce the risk of developing fallopian tube cancer are:
- Having used hormonal contraception.
- Irregular or heavy vaginal bleeding, especially after menopause.
- Having breast-fed children.
III. Fallopian Tube Cancer Symptoms
Common symptoms of fallopian tube cancer are these.
- Abdominal or pelvic pain or feeling of pressure.
- Having had more than a few children.
- Unusual vaginal discharge. It might be clear, white or slightly pink. That is, tinged with blood.
- A pelvic mass or lump.
- Abdominal pain that comes in spasms.
- Enlarged pelvis.
A woman with any of these symptoms should see her doctor.
IV. Moderate Drinking Good for Health
Drinking alcohol is not a risk factor for developing fallopian tube cancer. On the other hand, the moderate consumption of alcohol is associated with better health and greater longevity. That’s in comparison to either abstaining from alcohol or drinking abusively.
The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism describes moderate drinking. For a woman having three drinks on any day and an average of seven drinks per week.
A standard alcoholic drink is a
- 12-ounce can or bottle of regular beer
- 5-ounce glass of dinner wine
- shot (one and one-half ounces) of 80 proof liquor or spirits such as vodka, tequila, rum, etc.
Standard drinks have 0.06 ounce of pure alcohol.
No form of alcoholic beverage has greater health or longevity benefits than any other. Thus, beer, wine, and spirits are equally good for health and long life.
V. Resources on Alcohol and Fallopian Tube Cancer
- Risks and Causes of Fallopian Tube Cancer
- Fallopian Tube Cancer Risk Factors and Prevention
- Risk Factors for Fallopian Tube Cancers
- Fallopian tube Cancer – Who is at Risk?
These books are for patients, loved ones, and caregivers.
- Smith, J. and Del Priore, G. Women’s Cancers. Pathways to Healing. A Patient’s Guide to Dealing with Cancer. London: Imperial, 2016.
- Medical Tests Sourcebook. Basic Consumer Health Information. Detroit: Omnigraphics, 2018.
- Bellinir, K. Cancer Sourcebook for Women. Basic Consumer Health Information about Gynecologic Cancers. Detroit: Omnigraphics, 2018.
- Turkington, C. and Edelson, M. The Encyclopedia of Women’s Reproductive Cancer. NY: Facts on File, 2009.
- Hartman, L. and Loprinzi, C. Mayo Clinic Guide to Women’s Cancers. Rochester, MN: Mayo, 2007.
- Jones, K. Cancer Sourcebook. Detroit: 2015.
Medical Articles on Alohol and Fallopian Tube Cancer
- Aziz, S., et al. A genetic study of carcinoma of the fallopian tube. Gyn Onc, 2001, 80, 341.
- Cass, I., et al. BRCA-mutation-associated fallopian tube carcinoma. Obstet Onc, 2005, 106, 1327.
- Heintz, A., et al. Carcinoma of the fallopian tube. Int J Gyn Obst, 2006, 95, Suppl. 1, S145.
- Levine, D., et al. Fallopian tube and primary peritoneal carcinomas. J Clin Onc, 2003, 21, 4222.
- Moore, K.N., et al. Serious fallopian tube carcinoma. Gynl Onc, 2007, 107, 398.
- Pestasides, D., et al. Fallopian tube carcinoma: a review. Oncol, 2006, 11, 902.
- Riska, A., et al. Past chlamydial infection is not associated with primary fallopian tube carcinoma. Eur J Can, 2006, 42, 1835.
- ________. HPV infection and primary fallopian tube carcinoma. Brit J Gyn, 2007, 114, 425.
- Stewart, S., et al. The incidence of primary fallopian tube cancer. Gyn Onc 2007, 107, 392.
This website makes no suggestions about drinking alcohol and fallopian tube cancer risk.