Medicine

New research: A drink a day increases cancer risk

New research: A drink a day increases cancer risk

They said women who drink - even lightly - have an increased chance of breast and esophageal cancer.

"The role of alcohol drinking on outcomes in patients with cancer is in its formative stages, and ASCO can play a key role by generating a research agenda".

However, a recent ASCO survey found that 7 out of 10 Americans are unaware of a link between alcohol and cancer.

Support efforts to eliminate the use of "pinkwashing" to market alcoholic beverages.

The report said that there is also now enough evidence to suggest that alcohol is a probably cause of pancreatic, stomach and other cancers. "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". Heavy drinking also more than doubles the chance of getting liver and voice box cancer.

It finds that approximately 3.5 percent of all cancer deaths in the US can be attributed to alcohol consumption.

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It's not every day that a group of the nation's top cancer doctors asks people to curb their drinking.

"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 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", Dr. Bruce Johnson, president of the ASCO, an organization of cancer doctors, said in a statement.

"The most recent data that I have seen estimated that this was 18,200-21,300 alcohol-related deaths in the United States in 2009", co-author Noelle LoConte, a professor at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health was quoted while talking about the same. 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. "And in female breast cancer, (alcohol) affects the levels of female hormones in the body, and by adjusting the levels of estrogen in particular, it increases risk of breast cancer". She says this "subtle" take on the issue is somewhat less cautionary than the warnings about smoking.


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