Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Alcohol Consumption Encourages Cancer Tumors in Mice

From EurekAlert! - Breaking News

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Equivalent of 2-4 drinks daily fuels blood vessel growth, encourages cancer tumors in mice.

University of Mississippi researchers say they have created the first-ever mammalian model of how alcohol consumption spurs tumor growth, showing that even moderate drinking resulted in larger and more robust tumors. The research shows the links between alcohol, vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), and tumor growth. It increases understanding of how alcohol over-stimulates production of VEGF. The research could lead to a way to block VEGF over-production, and reduce the incidence of cancer, researchers said. More...

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