Studies find that drinking can increase chances of getting cancer

Alcohol's cancer risk often overlooked

ASCO: Alcohol Linked to Several Types of Cancer

Yet not many adults, when questioned, identify the consumption of alcohol as a cancer risk factor, even though most were familiar with other risk factors for cancer, such as smoking and exposure to the sun, found a recent survey by ASCO of over 4,016 adults. "If you drink more, even cutting back, but not quitting, will reduce your risk". "However, the link between increased alcohol consumption and cancer has been firmly established and gives the medical community guidance on how to help their patients reduce their risk of cancer".

For its research, ASCO reviewed earlier studied and made the conclusion that 5.5% of all of the new cancers as well as 5.8% of cancer deaths around the world could be attributed to alcohol.

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.

"Alcohol use - whether light, moderate, or heavy - is linked with increasing the risk of several leading cancers, including those of the breast, colon, esophagus, and head and neck", ASCO said in a statement issued Tuesday, following publication of new materials addressing public opinion on the risks associated with drinking. "It's a pretty linear dose-response".

The CDC recommends that women have no more than one drink a day or eight drinks a week. Heavy drinkers face a much longer list of risks, including mouth cancer, throat cancer, cancer of the voice box, liver cancer, and colorectal cancer.

Further researchers propounded in 2012 that almost 5.5 percent all novel cancer contingency and 5.8 percent of all cancer related demise worldwide could be assigned to consuming alcohol.

"With colon cancer, alcohol seems to interfere with the way folate is absorbed, which is a known precursor in the path to developing cancer in the colon", LoConte said to CTV News.

"The story of alcohol has been quite consistent and has been peeled away like an onion over time, and we're continuing to learn more about the mechanisms involved", Dr. Gapstur said. Ashton adds that if you pour more than these standard serving sizes, it counts for more than one drink.

"We chose to push this out because.we were looking over our portfolio of various statements on primary prevention of cancer and we realized that we did not have a statement on alcohol", Noelle LoConte, a representative of ASCO, told International Business Times Tuesday. "Therefore, limiting alcohol intake is a means to prevent cancer".

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