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ALDH2 Polymorphism, Alcohol Intake and the Attributable Burden of Cancer in East Asia: Systematic Review, Meta-Analysis, and Modelling Study

20 Pages Posted: 2 Sep 2022

See all articles by Carmen S. Ng

Carmen S. Ng

The University of Hong Kong - School of Public Health

Xin Jiong Ong

The University of Hong Kong - School of Public Health

Minnie Au

The University of Hong Kong - School of Public Health

Yan Ho Lau

The University of Hong Kong - School of Public Health

Harley HY Kwok

The University of Hong Kong - School of Public Health

Jianchao Quan

The University of Hong Kong - School of Public Health

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Abstract

Background: East Asian populations, where alcohol consumption is rising, has a high prevalence of the inactivated aldehyde dehydrogenase-2 (ALDH2) enzyme involved in alcohol metabolism. This study estimates the burden of alcohol-attributable cancer accounting for genotype-specific cancer risk and alcohol exposure.

Methods: We conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis of eight databases on cancer risk to derive alcohol dose-response curves by ALDH2 genotype. A simulation-based approach using the Global Burden of Disease modelling framework was applied to estimate the population attributable fraction (PAF), incidence, and disability-adjusted life- years (DALYs) lost to alcohol-attributable cancer.

Findings: We included 36 studies (68,411 participants) from China, Japan, and South Korea in the meta-analysis. Alcohol dose-response curves for liver, oesophageal, and oral cavity/pharynx cancer showed an increased risk for people with the inactivated ALDH2 genetic polymorphism, resulting in a higher burden of alcohol-attributable cancer compared to GBD estimates. Our methods estimated annual incidence of cancer of 256,915 cases, an underestimate of 80,692 cases compared to GBD estimates. Similarly, total DALYs lost annually was underestimated by 1.48 million.

Interpretation: The burden of liver, oesophageal, and oral cavity/pharynx cancer attributable to alcohol is underestimated in populations with the ALDH2 genetic polymorphism when compared to current estimates.

Funding: Health and Medical Research Fund, Food and Health Bureau, Government of the Hong Kong SAR (03170067).

Declaration of Interest: The authors declare that they have no competing interests.

Keywords: ALDH2, Alcohol, Burden of disease, cancer

Suggested Citation

Ng, Carmen S. and Ong, Xin Jiong and Au, Minnie and Lau, Yan Ho and Kwok, Harley HY and Quan, Jianchao, ALDH2 Polymorphism, Alcohol Intake and the Attributable Burden of Cancer in East Asia: Systematic Review, Meta-Analysis, and Modelling Study. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4207905 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4207905

Carmen S. Ng

The University of Hong Kong - School of Public Health ( email )

Xin Jiong Ong

The University of Hong Kong - School of Public Health ( email )

Minnie Au

The University of Hong Kong - School of Public Health ( email )

Yan Ho Lau

The University of Hong Kong - School of Public Health ( email )

Harley HY Kwok

The University of Hong Kong - School of Public Health ( email )

Jianchao Quan (Contact Author)

The University of Hong Kong - School of Public Health ( email )

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