Risk of Ovarian Cancer & Drinking Alcohol

The risk of ovarian cancer is not linked to drinking alcohol even at high levels of consumption.

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Ovarian cancer is a very serious disease. It is the fifth most common cause of cancer death in women in the U.S. But if detected early, the five-year survival rate is about 93%.

The most common symptoms of ovarian cancer are

  • Pelvic or abdominal pain
  • Bloating
  • Difficulty eating or feeling full quickly
  • Urgent or frequent urination

Other possible signs.

  • Painful sexual intercourse
  • Constipation
  • Menstrual irregularities
  • Back pain
  • Indigestion
  • Fatigue

These can also be symptoms of many other diseases. That’s why it’s important to check with a doctor. Don’t try to diagnose yourself. Early detection of ovary cancer is very important for recovery.

This study analyzed evidence about the possible effect of drinking on risk of ovarian cancer.

Data from 13 studies were included in the analysis. Information came from 1,996,841 individuals. They were studied over varying lengths of time. It ranged from several years to decades. A total 5,857 cases of ovarian cancer occurred during the observational periods.

The researchers found that ‘alcohol consumption had little to no effect on ovarian cancer incidence when compared to non-drinkers.’ This included low, moderate and high consumption levels.

This is consistent with other research. Leading cancer groups around the world have concluded drinking is not associated with ovarian cancer. They include

  • National Cancer Institute (US)
  • Cancer Research (UK)
  • U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology

Source: Yan Hong, H., et al.  Association between alcohol consumption and the risk of ovarian cancer: a meta-analysis of prospective observational studies. BMC Pub Health, 2015, 15:223. doi:10.1186/s12889-015-1355-

See Also

Readings on Alcohol and Risk of Ovarian Cancer

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Goodman, M.T. and Tung, K.H. Alcohol consumption and the risk of borderline and invasive ovarian cancer. Obstet Gyn., 2003, 101(6), 1221-1228.

Kuper, H, et al. Population based study of coffee, alcohol and tobacco use and risk of ovarian cancer. Int J Can., 2000, 88(2), 313-318.

Pelucchi, C., et al. Dietary folate, alcohol consumption, and risk of ovarian cancer in an Italian case-control study. Can Epid Biom Prev., 2005, 14(8), 2056.

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Tworoger, S.S., et al. Caffeine, alcohol, smoking, and the risk of incident epithelial ovarian cancer. Can., 2008, 112(5), 1169-1177.

Webb, P.M., et al. Alcohol, wine, and risk of epithelial ovarian cancer. Can Epid., 2004, 13(4), 592-599.