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FDA Warns Docetaxel May Cause Alcohol Intoxication Symptoms After Treatment

FDA Warns Docetaxel May Cause Alcohol Intoxication Symptoms After Treatment | Melanoma Dispatch | Scoop.it

"The FDA has issued an alert to health care professionals that docetaxel contains ethanol, which may cause patients to experience intoxication during and after treatment.


"The FDA is currently revising the labels of all docetaxel drug products to warn about this potential risk. Health care professionals should consider the alcohol content of docetaxel when prescribing or administering the drug to patients, especially in those whom alcohol intake should be avoided or reduced and when using it concomitantly with other medications."

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Healio  |  Jun 20, 2014

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Drinking Linked to Skin Cancer

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Just one drink a day could raise the risk of skin cancer by 20%, says new research that combined 16 existing studies which together included thousands of people. The researchers also found that drinking the equivalent of a few strong beers increased the risk of melanoma as much as 55%. What's the link between alcohol and skin cancer? The type of alcohol in drinks is ethanol, which our bodies soon metabolize into another compound called acetaldehyde — and this compound may make skin more sensitive to the UV light that can cause skin cancer. That said, the researchers acknowledge that it may simply be that drinkers are more likely to bask in the sun longer without protection. However, they also remind us that alcohol is now linked to seven kinds of cancer, and say that cutting down on drinking could also cut the risk of cancer.


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British Journal of Dermatology │ Jan 28, 2014

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Cancer Patients Need Support to Adopt Healthy Lifestyles

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Healthy lifestyles can benefit people with cancer, reducing recurrence and increasing long-term survival. But that knowledge alone is not enough to make cancer patients start exercising, and stop smoking and drinking, researchers report in the British Journal of Cancer. The study included 5,146 adults from the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing, and showed that the 433 who got cancer did not adopt healthier habits after diagnosis. Instead, they smoked and drank as much as those without cancer, and exercised even less. The researchers call for figuring out how to help cancer patients make lifestyle changes that can protect their health.

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British Journal of Cancer│May 22, 2013

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Why Today’s Reports About Skin Cancer and Alcohol are Misleading

Why Today’s Reports About Skin Cancer and Alcohol are Misleading | Melanoma Dispatch | Scoop.it

"Let’s be clear – drinking alcohol carries health risks.


"It causes seven different types of cancer. And the more we cut down on alcohol, the more we reduce our risk of the disease.


"But while we’d certainly like people to be more aware of the link between alcohol and cancer, we also believe in good quality evidence. And that’s why today’s newspaper headlines linking drinking and the most serious form of skin cancer, malignant melanoma, bothered us.


"Because the evidence simply isn’t strong enough to link the two."

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Cancer Research UK  |  Jan 29, 2014

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Cancer Survivors Outside Cities Are Less Healthy

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Cancer survivors in rural areas don't do as well as those in cities and new research suggests the reason may be unhealthy lifestyles. A survey of 1,642 rural and 6,162 urban cancer survivors showed that the former were more likely to smoke (25% vs 16%), be inactive (51% vs 39%), and be unemployed due to poor health (18% vs 11%). The two groups were the same in terms of drinking behaviors and obesity. The U.S. has 2.8 million rural cancer survivors and the researchers recommend tailoring education on healthy behaviors to them.

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Medical News Today│Jun 10, 2013

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