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Tobacco and alcohol consumption and the risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma

Willett, E.V., Smith, A.G., Dovey, G.J., Morgan, G.J., Parker, J. and Roman, E. (2004) Tobacco and alcohol consumption and the risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Cancer Causes and Control, 15 (8). pp. 771-780. ISSN 0957-5243

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The aim was to test whether non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) is associated with smoking or alcohol.

METHODS:

A case-control study recruited NHL cases aged 18-64 in parts of England between 1998 and 2001. One control was matched to each case on sex, date of birth and area of residence. Self-reported histories of tobacco and alcohol consumption were collected during face-to-face interviews.

RESULTS:

Among 700 cases and 915 controls, no association of smoking with the risk of NHL was observed [odds ratio (OR)= 1.04, 95% confidence interval (CI): 0.85-1.28]. Risks were not raised with age started smoking, number of years smoked, and number of years stopped smoking. Compared with persons who drank alcohol once or twice a week, neither abstainers (OR = 1.03, 95% CI: 0.64-1.67), nor consumers of alcohol one to five times a year (OR = 1.35, 95% CI: 0.95-1.93), one to two times a month (OR = 1.20, 95% CI: 0.87-1.65), three to four times a week (OR = 0.82, 95% CI: 0.62-1.10), or most days (OR = 0.94, 95% CI: 0.70-1.25) increased their risk of developing NHL. Average daily volume or high occasional alcohol consumption were not associated with NHL.

CONCLUSIONS:

NHL was not associated with smoking or alcohol, but collaborative studies could further investigate the risks of rarer WHO subtypes following these exposures.

Item Type: Article
Academic Units: The University of York > Health Sciences (York)
Depositing User: York RAE Import
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2009 09:17
Last Modified: 17 Jul 2009 09:18
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1023/B:CACO.0000043427.77739....
Status: Published
Publisher: Springer Science + Business Media
Identification Number: 10.1023/B:CACO.0000043427.77739.60
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/5836

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