Experts Warn of Relationship Between Alcohol and Cancer

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) published a statement earlier this week that highlighted the casual role alcohol use plays in several cancers. ASCO further cautioned that it is not just heavy drinkers who are at risk. 

Explains The New York Times

"For the statement, ASCO researchers reviewed earlier published studies and concluded that 5.5 percent of all new cancers and 5.8 percent of all cancer deaths worldwide could be attributed to alcohol. 

Even those who drink moderately, defined by the Centers for Disease Control as one daily drink for women and two for men, face nearly a doubling of the risk for mouth and throat cancer and more than double the risk of squamous cell carcinoma of the esophagus, compared to nondrinkers. Moderate drinkers also face elevated risks for cancers of the voice box, female breast cancer and colorectal cancers.

The risk for heavy drinkers — defined as eight or more drinks a week for women and 15 or more a week for men, including binge drinkers — are multiples higher." 

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