No Link Between Belts and Thoat Cancer
A new Swedish study rejects the theory that men’s switch from suspenders to belts is behind the sharp increase in throat cancer over the past decades.
While known risk factors for cancer of the throat include male gender, being overweight, and having gastric acid reflux, the researchers at Stockholm’s Karolinska Institute says it remains unclear why the disease is becoming more common.
Investigating an Italian theory that tight belts might contribute to the risk, they studied 618 patients with different kinds of cancer, and 820 healthy controls. All were asked how frequently they wore a belt for more than three hours, twenty years previously.
Writing in the “International Journal of Cancer”, the researchers say they found no association between the use of tight belts and cancer of the throat.