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PC/Alcohol was posted 01/01/2016 10:20 am by Anonymous
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I don't have proof Alcohol is not a risk for PC any more than any other type cancer. I have seen these discussions on this and other boards before. Here is what I do know - based on what the doctors have told me. Pancreatic Cancer is one of the more rare cancers, although one of the more lethal ones. Consumption of Alcohol in the USA is common, and growing more common with time. If consumption of alcohol was a direct cause of pancreatic cancer, wouldn't it be a more commonly diagnosed cancer? There is new evidence, strangely enough, that consumption of sugar, particularly fructose, may be related to the growth of PC tumors that have metastasized. I had always mostly discounted the sugar argument in the past. Article published today (Link : http://www.nbcnews.com/health/cancer/here-s-how-sugar-might-fuel-growth-cancer -n488456 - doesn't say sugar causes PC, just it can affect tumor growth if you have it.) Wine has residual sugar although very very low quantities. But sugary soft drinks are the main source of fructose in the USA. All that to say this: I consume wine with dinner, with my doctors blessing. Had surgery for PC years ago. I do not drink any carbonated sodas (they give me a tummy ache), and I had not consumed sweetened sodas at all in my adult life. I was active, never smoked, had a healthy diet with limited sweets other than fruit, normal weight throughout my life (actually very thin until my late 20's.) No family history of PC or other cancers - still I developed PC. I worked for years in an office full of smokers. For many years before they prohibited smoking inside the offices. I was exposed to a lot of secondary smoke, and always have wondered if that explains my PC. Not wine with dinner, but 'environmental' exposure to carcinogens. Who knows?

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