Asian alcohol flush raises risk of esophageal cancer

03/25/2009 | Reuters

An international research team reported that about one-third of East Asians have an enzyme deficiency that causes their skin to flush when they drink alcohol, a trait that raises their risk of esophageal cancer. People who had one copy of the mutated ALDH gene involved in the so-called Asian flush had a six- to tenfold increase in their incidence of esophageal cancer.

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