Published: Thu, November 09, 2017
Health Care | By Alberto Manning

Alcohol Risk Cited by Cancer Doctors

Alcohol Risk Cited by Cancer Doctors

The ASCO statement also suggests that while the greater risks are seen with heavy long-term use, even low alcohol consumption or moderate consumption can increase cancer risk. Heavy drinkers face roughly five times the risk of mouth and throat cancers and squamous cell esophageal cancers than nondrinkers, almost three times the risk of cancers of the voice box or larynx, double the risk of liver cancer, as well as increased risks for female breast cancer and colorectal cancer.

One way to reduce cancer risk is to reduce the amount of alcohol consumed. The link between increased alcohol consumption and cancer has been firmly established.

ASCO is one of an increasing number of organizations focused on spreading public health strategies to prevent the risk of cancer. The statement is meant to raise awareness about the strong link between alcohol and cancer. "This association has been known for a long time".

The recent study also found, for example, that vigorous exercise was linked with a significant decrease in breast cancer risk. "If you move from a "heavy drinker" to a "moderate drinker" your risk of all of the cancers does go down".

"I think the take-home message from the statement is that the really high-risk people are very high drinkers - over a prolonged period of time", LoConte said. The researchers believe it accurately represents the country's broader population.

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In addition, researchers said that in 2012, approximately 5.5 percent of all new cancer occurrences and 5.8 percent of all cancer deaths globally could be attributed to drinking alcohol. A majority of the more than 4,000 participants, however, were able to identify cancer risks in sun exposure and cigarette usage.

It finds that approximately 3.5 percent of all cancer deaths in the USA can be attributed to alcohol consumption.

Drinking is on the rise among a variety of groups in the United States, according to research. The ASCO defines heavy drinking as "eight or more drinks per week or three or more drinks per day for women, and as many as fifteen or more drinks per week or four or more drinks per day for men".

"We are seeing some very alarming trends in alcohol overconsumption, especially among women", Dr. Ali Mokdad, the author of a separate alcohol usage study, said in a 2015 news release.

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