Alcohol intake and risk of thyroid cancer in the NIH-AARP Diet and Health Study

C. L. Meinhold, Y. Park, R. Z. Stolzenberg-Solomon, A. R. Hollenbeck, A. Schatzkin, A. Berrington De Gonzalez

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Background: Certain studies suggest that alcohol may reduce the risk of thyroid cancer in women, but the effect in men remains unclear.Methods:We analysed the association between alcohol and thyroid cancer in a large (n490 159) prospective NIH-AARP Diet and Health Study with self-reported beer, wine, and liquor intakes.Results:Over 7.5 years of follow-up (median), 170 men and 200 women developed thyroid cancer. Overall, the thyroid cancer risk decreased with greater alcohol consumption (2 drinks per day vs none, relative risk0.57, 95% CI 0.36-0.89, P-trend0.01).Conclusions:These results suggest a potential protective role for alcohol consumption in thyroid cancer.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1630-1634
Number of pages5
JournalBritish Journal of Cancer
Issue number9
StatePublished - Nov 3 2009


  • Alcohol drinking
  • Cohort study
  • Epidemiology
  • Thyroid cancer


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