611 W. Union Street
Benson, AZ 85602
(520) 586-0800

Health Choice Integrated Care crisis Line
1-877-756-4090

NurseWise 24-Hour Crisis Line
1-866-495-6735

NAZCARE Warm Line
1-888-404-5530



SEABHS
611 W. Union Street
Benson, AZ 85602
(520) 586-0800

NurseWise 24-Hr Crisis Line
1-866-495-6735

NAZCARE Warm Line
1-888-404-5530


powered by centersite dot net

Getting Started
Here are some forms to get started. These can be printed and brought with you so that you can pre-fill out some known info ahead of time. More...


Addictions
Resources
Basic Information
What is Addiction?What Causes Addiction?How Do You Get Addicted?Signs and Symptoms of AddictionTreatment for AddictionReferencesResourcesFrequentlly Asked Questions about Addiction
TestsLatest News
Do Energy Drinks + Booze = More Injuries?7 in 10 U.S. Workplaces Hit by Opioid Abuse: SurveySome Docs May Help Fuel Opioid Abuse EpidemicNIAAA Two-Question Alcohol Screen Valid in Pediatric ERsScientists Spot 'Teetotaler' GeneDiscussing Opioid Risks With Patients Reduces MisuseU.S. Surgeon General Declares War on AddictionOpioid Epidemic Costs U.S. $78.5 Billion Annually: CDCSmokers' Perceptions May Play Role in AddictionFDA: Opioids Plus Sedatives Pose Fatal OD RiskAlcohol, Obesity Could Raise Esophageal Cancer RiskSmoke Less, Drink Less?Programs to Spot Painkiller Abuse Work, But Are UnderusedTighter Opioid Laws in U.S. Haven't Eased MisusePatients Often Prescribed Extra Painkillers, Many Share ThemNew Synthetic Drug Linked to Dozens of Deaths Across U.S.Many Addicts Going Without Meds That Curb Opioid AbuseLong-Term Pot Use Tied to Gum Disease in StudyProbuphine Implant Approved for Opioid DependenceHepatitis C Patients More Likely to Drink, Study FindsMarriage a Buffer Against Drinking Problems?More Bars, More Ambulance CallsStoned Stoners OK With Driving While HighChronic Pain May Trigger Many Cases of Painkiller Addiction: SurveyPot-Linked Fatal Car Crashes Doubled in One State After LegalizationAddicts Using Diarrhea Drug Imodium to Get HighPainkiller Addiction Relapse More Likely for SomeOpioid Painkiller May Be New Treatment for Heroin AddictsGenetic Factors Associated With Cannabis Dependence IdentifiedGenes May Link Risks for Pot Use, DepressionObama Administration Steps Up Efforts to Beat Painkiller, Heroin Epidemic
Questions and AnswersLinksBook ReviewsSelf-Help Groups
Related Topics

Anxiety Disorders
Depression: Depression & Related Conditions
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Alcohol, Obesity Could Raise Esophageal Cancer Risk

HealthDay News
by -- Robert Preidt
Updated: Jul 28th 2016

new article illustration

THURSDAY, July 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Drinking plus being overweight may be a bad combo when it comes to risks for the two most common types of esophageal cancer, a new report warns.

The findings suggest that in the United States, a third of esophageal cancer cases -- that's about 5,600 per year -- could be prevented if people maintained a healthy weight and didn't drink.

"These findings add to the evidence that lifestyle plays a powerful role in cancer risk," said Alice Bender, head of nutrition at the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR).

"Obesity is now linked to 11 types of cancer and alcohol links to six," she said in an institute news release. "We want individuals to know you can take important lifestyle steps to reduce risk for many kinds of cancer."

In the new report, experts at the AICR and the World Cancer Research Fund reviewed 46 studies involving more than 15 million adults, including 31,000 who developed esophageal cancer.

The analysis showed that for every 5-point increase in body mass index (BMI, an estimate of body fat based on weight and height), there is a 48 percent increased risk of esophageal adenocarcinoma, which generally develops in the lower esophagus. About 60 percent of esophageal cancer cases in the United States are adenocarcinomas.

To better understand BMI, a 5-foot-9 man weighing 150 pounds has a BMI of 22, but at 210 pounds his BMI rises to 31 -- over the threshold for obesity.

One cancer specialist wasn't surprised by the new findings.

"The tremendous rise in esophageal cancer has paralleled the obesity epidemic," said Dr. Anthony Starpoli, who helps direct esophageal endotherapy at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. "This study offers support to this observation."

The researchers also found that the risk of esophageal squamous cell carcinoma increases 25 percent for every 10 grams of alcohol consumed a day -- about equivalent to a glass of beer or wine.

Squamous cell esophageal cancer, which develops from the cells that line the esophagus, accounts for one-third of esophageal cancers in the United States, but is the most common type of esophageal worldwide.

"Alcohol could have a direct carcinogenic effect, or it could be that reflux being worsened by alcohol leads to more damage to the lining or inner wall of the esophagus," speculated Starpoli. Chronic acid reflux is a risk factor for esophageal cancer.

"And of course, the empty calories from alcohol contribute to obesity," Starpoli added.

Bender said these risks can be reduced.

"Making smart choices like limiting alcoholic drinks, eating more vegetables, beans and other plant foods, and boosting your activity with walking breaks are all ways to get on a path to lower cancer risk," Bender said.

Esophageal cancer is the sixth most common cause of cancer death worldwide, and the seventh leading cause of cancer death among U.S. men, the AICR said. Survival rates for this cancer are poor, because it's often diagnosed at a late stage.

More information

The U.S. National Cancer Institute has more on esophageal cancer.