Alcohol flush ‘shows cancer risk’

Person drinking a beerAbout 8% of the population – mostly people of East Asian descent – have an enzyme deficiency that causes their skin to redden when they drink alcohol.

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism research found even moderate drinkers with this deficiency were more at risk of oesophageal cancer.

The report authors told PLoS Medicine such people may benefit from screening.

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