BACKGROUND: Whether an association between alcohol drinking and non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) risk exists is an open question. In order to provide quantification of the issue, we carried out a meta-analysis of published data. METHODS: We identified 21 case-control and 8 cohort studies, including a total of 18 759 NHL cases. We derived meta-analytic estimates using random-effects models, taking into account correlation between estimates. RESULTS: The overall relative risk (RR) of NHL for drinkers versus non-drinkers was 0.85 [95% confidence interval (CI) 0.79-0.91]. Compared with non-drinkers, the pooled RRs were 0.88 for light (≤1 drink per day), 0.87 for moderate (1 to <4 drinks per day), and 0.84 for heavy (≥4 drinks per day) alcohol drinking. There was no association for light drinkers in cohort studies, whereas for moderate and heavy drinkers, the RRs were similar in case-control (0.85 for moderate, 0.92 for heavy) and cohort (0.89 for moderate, 0.79 for heavy) studies. The inverse relation with alcohol consumption (drinkers versus non-drinkers) was similar in men (RR = 0.83) and women (RR = 0.86), but apparently stronger in studies from Asia (RR = 0.69) than other world areas (RR = 0.88). CONCLUSION: This meta-analysis provides quantitative evidence of a favourable role of alcohol drinking on NHL risk, though the lack of a biological explanation suggests caution in the interpretation of results.
Alcohol drinking and non-Hodgkin lymphoma risk : a systematic review and a meta-analysis / I. Tramacere, C. Pelucchi, M. Bonifazi, V. Bagnardi, M. Rota, R. Bellocco, L. Scotti, F. Islami, G. Corrao, P. Boffetta, C. La Vecchia, E. Negri. - In: ANNALS OF ONCOLOGY. - ISSN 0923-7534. - 23:11(2012 Nov), pp. mds013.2791-mds013.2798.
|Titolo:||Alcohol drinking and non-Hodgkin lymphoma risk : a systematic review and a meta-analysis|
TRAMACERE, IRENE (Primo)
LA VECCHIA, CARLO VITANTONIO BATTISTA (Penultimo)
|Parole Chiave:||Alcohol drinking; Dose-risk relation; Meta-analysis; Non-Hodgkin lymphoma; Systematic review|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore MED/01 - Statistica Medica|
|Data di pubblicazione:||nov-2012|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/annonc/mds013|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|