Alcohol consumption may increase risk of certain cancers, experts warn

Alcohol consumption may increase risk of certain cancers, experts warn

Alcohol consumption may increase risk of certain cancers, experts warn

The American Society of Clinical Oncologists have released a statement urging drink lovers to watch their alcohol consumption. For example, discouraging alcoholic beverage companies from exploiting the color pink or pink ribbons to show a commitment to finding a cure for breast cancer given the evidence that alcohol consumption is linked to an increased risk of breast cancer. Additionally, excessive alcohol use has also been found to negatively affect cancer treatment.

The group representing doctors has also called for new initiatives in public health to curb the use of alcohol from restrictions on ads that target minors to taxes.

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. "We don't have randomized trials, but sometimes when you start looking at the coherence of all the evidence, including the observational epidemiology, the lab studies, the mechanistic studies, you begin to see a picture and get more clarity".

Only 30 percent of adults were aware of the link between heavy drinking and cancer, according to ASCO's survey results.

The new review of past studies on the link between alcohol and cancer, published Tuesday in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, found that approximately 3.5 percent of all cancer deaths in the US can be attributed to alcohol consumption.

Include alcohol control strategies in comprehensive cancer control plans.

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The main concern for doctors are the binge drinkers: men who consume four or more drinks per day, and women who consume three or more drinks per day.

"People typically don't associate drinking beer, wine, and hard liquor with increasing their risk of developing cancer in their lifetimes".

The ASCO report goes on to pinpoint just how many of these fatal cancers are linked to drinking alcohol.

If people exercise, eat well and don't drink excessively, they shouldn't worry too much, said LoConte, who said she has about two drinks a month.

To reduce the risks, the statement includes several recommendations. The formation of acetaldehyde starts when alcohol comes in contact with bacteria in the mouth, which may explain the link between alcohol and cancers of the throat, voice box and esophagus, she suggested. "It is really the heavy drinkers over a long period of time that we need to worry about", she said.

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