Author: Amber Huntzinger, Laura Coughlin
Date: March 1, 2005

* Researchers have long believed that alcohol consumption increases a person's risk of developing cancer, and now they're one step closer to finding out how. A study published in Cancer shows for the first time that chronic ethanol exposure accelerates angiogenesis (a process that creates new blood vessels within a tumor). The study found that chick embryos exposed to alcohol had eight times the number of cancer cells than those exposed to saline. The alcohol-exposed embryos also developed larger, denser tumors.

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