Published: Thu, November 09, 2017
Medicine | By Daryl Nelson

Alcohol consumption increases risk of seven types of cancer, claim doctors

Alcohol consumption increases risk of seven types of cancer, claim doctors

Maybe you should skip that glass of wine tonight, because even light drinking increases your risk of cancer, warns a new statement from the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO).

"Alcohol drinking is an established risk factor for several malignancies, and it is a potentially modifiable risk factor for cancer", ASCO said. ASCO recently did a survey and they found out that a large majority of physicians and patients were not aware of the association - this is also an opportunity to spread awareness.

The organization also wants to end the "pinkwashing" of alcoholic beverages.

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.

"If you don't drink, don't start", says Dr LoConte, and "if you do drink try to stay under the recommendations of 1 or less per day for women and 2 or less per day for men". Although the greatest risks were found in heavy drinkers, some risks were also observed in moderate drinkers.

In the US, it is estimated that 3.5 per cent of all cancer deaths are linked to alcohol, and in 2012, 5.5 per cent of all new cancer diagnoses and 5.8 per cent of deaths worldwide were attributable to alcohol consumption.

"If you look at these figures, you see alcohol is a contributing factor; certainly it has a causal role", Dr. Hudis said.

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The real concern is excessive and specifically binge drinking (which is defined as eight or more drinks per week or three or more drinks per day for women, or 15 or more drinks per week or four or more drinks a day for men). In one, it converts into a carcinogen called acetaldehyde, which can stop cells from repairing DNA damage, explains lead author Dr. Noelle K. LoConte of the University of Wisconsin.

"The most recent data that I have seen estimated that this was 18,200-21,300 alcohol related deaths in the U.S. in 2009", says study co-author Noelle LoConte, a professor at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.

Alcohol is thought to increase the risk of head, neck, throat and voice box cancers because those tissues come into direct contact with alcohol when people drink, the oncology society said.

ASCO is one of an increasing number of organizations focused on spreading public health strategies to prevent the risk of cancer.

Breast cancer risk increases 4 per cent with light drinking, and rises 61 per cent with heavy drinking.

"Life as an oncologist is all about teaching people about moderation", she said.

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