Cancer Tumor Growth
may be increased by Drinking 2 – 4 Alcoholic Drinks Daily
April 4th, 2006
Glass of Wine
A recent study from the University of Mississippi found that alcohol
consumption can help in the growth of tumors by stimulating vascular
endothelial growth factor (VEGF).
VEGF is a necessary substance that the body needs, but when there is too
much it can be harmful. The researchers in this study used mice to
investigate how alcohol consumption in mammals would help in the growth
of tumors. Future research may help in finding ways to slow down the
production of VEGF.
The research study was first presented by Wei Tan, Megan Shparago,
Amelia P. Bailey and Jian-Wei Gu of the University of Mississippi
Medical Center at the Experimental Biology Conference 2006 which was
from April 1-5 in San Francisco.
The researchers used the equivalent amount of 2 – 4 glasses of alcohol
per day that a human would drink and sized it down for mice to drink
every day. Other studies have used high consumption of alcohol, but in
this study the researchers used moderate alcohol consumption.