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Alcohol consumption may increase risk of certain cancers, experts warn

09 November 2017, 01:21 | Rodolfo Quinn

Report: Most unaware of link between alcohol, cancer

ASCO: Alcohol Linked to Several Types of Cancer

Even when consumed in moderation, alcohol is a "definite risk factor" for cancer, according to a special report by the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), published today in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

The International Agency for Research on Cancer, which is part of the World Health Organization, first classified the consumption of alcoholic beverages as carcinogenic to humans in 1987, tying consumption to cancers of the mouth, throat, voice box, esophagus and liver, said Susan Gapstur, vice president for epidemiology at the American Cancer Society. "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".

"If you don't drink, there's no reason to start". "We also can't ignore the fact that in many United States counties a quarter of the people, or more, are binge drinkers". "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".

The researchers also stated that if the drinker ceases consuming alcohol for 20 years or more, the possibility of cancer regresses back to that of non-drinkers. Heavy drinkers were over 500 per cent and 61 per cent more likely to develop the same cancers. 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.

Alcohol causes damage in different ways.

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According to ASCO, excessive alcohol consumption can also delay or negatively affect cancer treatment.

4,016 adults were asked about risk factors for cancers, and less than 1 out of 3 brought up alcohol consumption.

The CDC recommends that women have no more than one drink a day or eight drinks a week.

"The good news is that, just like people wear sunscreen to limit their risk of skin cancer, limiting alcohol intake is one more thing people can do to reduce their overall risk of developing cancer", said Dr. Noelle LoConte, an associate professor of medicine at the University of Wisconsin and lead author of the ASCO statement.

"The evidence is very clear", she said.



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