Studies find that drinking can increase chances of getting cancer

Studies find that drinking can increase chances of getting cancer

Studies find that drinking can increase chances of getting cancer

"The risk for breast cancer increases with even one drink a day", said Dr. Noelle LoConte, an oncologist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. However, the risk of developing squamous cell carcinoma of the esophagus, oropharyngeal and breast cancer were elevated even among light drinkers (one or fewer drinks per day).

The latest study conducted by the group of researchers from ASCO has found links between drinking alcohol and risks for several types of cancer like esophogeal, mouth, liver, colorectal and breast cancers.

Between five and six percent of new cancers and cancer deaths globally are directly attributed to alcohol, yet only 38 percent of Americans limit their intake of alcohol to reduce their risk for cancer, the organization wrote.

Alcohol is not the only important factor to consider when trying to reduce your cancer risk - your genes, exercise regimen, and exposure to pollutants can play a role, too.

According to the new research conducted by the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), numerous leading cancer doctors over the nation are driving attention to the associations between cancer and alcohol.

Heavy drinkers of both genders increase their risk of head and oral cancers by more than 500 percent because tissues come into direct contact with alcohol carcinogens.

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But if you drink more than that, all hope is not lost.

The doctors say there is a need for public education about drinking and cancer risks, especially among general practitioners who may lack knowledge about the link.

Drinking alcohol has always been associated with various health hazards including development of cancers in the body. The statement is meant to raise awareness about the strong link between alcohol and cancer.

The report said that there is also now enough evidence to suggest that alcohol is a probably cause of pancreatic, stomach and other cancers. It may also be associated with liver cancer, according to Ashton.

People who engage in moderate to heavy drinking are at greater risk, and some studies have shown some potential benefits of an occasional drink. "If you move from a "heavy drinker" to a "moderate drinker" your risk of all of the cancers does go down". "We also can't ignore the fact that in many United States counties a quarter of the people, or more, are binge drinkers".

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