Article Publish Status: FREE
Abstract Title:

Cannabis use and cancer of the head and neck: case-control study.

Abstract Source:

Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2008 Mar ;138(3):374-80. PMID: 18312888

Abstract Author(s):

Sarah Aldington, Matire Harwood, Brian Cox, Mark Weatherall, Lutz Beckert, Anna Hansell, Alison Pritchard, Geoffrey Robinson, Richard Beasley,

Article Affiliation:

Sarah Aldington


OBJECTIVE: To investigate whether cannabis smoking increases the risk of head and neck cancer.

DESIGN: Case-control study.

SUBJECTS AND METHODS: Cases of head and neck cancer

RESULTS: There were 75 cases and 319 controls. An increased risk of cancer was found with increasing tobacco use, alcohol consumption, and decreased income but not increasing cannabis use. The highest tertile of cannabis use (>8.3 joint years) was associated with a nonsignificant increased risk of cancer (relative risk = 1.6, 95% confidence interval, 0.5-5.2) after adjustment for confounding variables.

CONCLUSIONS: Cannabis use did not increase the risk of head and neck cancer; however, because of the limited power and duration of use studied, a small or longer-term effect cannot be excluded.

Study Type : Human Study

Print Options

Key Research Topics

Sayer Ji
Founder of

Subscribe to our informative Newsletter & get Nature's Evidence-Based Pharmacy

Our newsletter serves 500,000 with essential news, research & healthy tips, daily.

Download Now

500+ pages of Natural Medicine Alternatives and Information.

This website is for information purposes only. By providing the information contained herein we are not diagnosing, treating, curing, mitigating, or preventing any type of disease or medical condition. Before beginning any type of natural, integrative or conventional treatment regimen, it is advisable to seek the advice of a licensed healthcare professional.

© Copyright 2008-2021, Journal Articles copyright of original owners, MeSH copyright NLM.