High alcohol intake is associated with a greater incidence of renal cancer in both men and women, Danish researchers found.

The study included 15,258 men and 3,552 women who were cancer-free when attending the Copenhagen Outpatient Clinic for Alcoholics between 1954 and 1992.

In an analysis of cancer incidence until 1999, women had twice the number of renal cancers as would be expected in the general population, and men had 40% more, the investigators reported in Alcohol and Alcoholism (2009; published online ahead of print).

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