Alcohol Increases the Risk of Getting Cancer

According to the American Society of Clinical Oncology which encompasses a majority of reputable cancer doctors, there is a correlation between alcohol and cancer. In a statement that was published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, even light drinking puts a woman at a higher risk of getting breast cancer and a common type of esophageal cancer. People who are used to drinking heavily are at a high risk of getting various types of cancer including mouth cancer, throat cancer, cancer of the voice box, liver cancer and colorectal cancer. An associate professor at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Doctor Noelle LoConte, says that the organization does not want to pass a message against drinking, but instead warns people to drink less, and encourages those who do not drink not to start if they are to minimize the chances of getting cancer. He said that alcohol is different from tobacco which the organization warns people against smoking at all.

Previously, some medical groups have cited alcohol as a possible cause of cancer. The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) has for once taken a stand on this studies. According to several surveys that have been conducted in the United States, drinking problems are on the rise among members of the society be they older adults, women, poor or rich. The ASCO conducted a study to find out how much Americans know about the risk factors for cancer. Less than one out of three individuals that were interviewed mentioned alcohol consumption. Most of them identified exposure to sun and smoking at risk factors.

The doctor’s group feels that there is a need for new health initiatives curbing alcohol use to be put in place. They feel that taxes and banning of alcohol adverts that target minors will be of importance in reducing the cancer risk. Alcohol intake causes about 5.5 percent of the new cases of cancer and 5.8 percent of the total cancer deaths in the globe. Women who take just a single alcoholic drink increases the risk of getting breast cancer. A single small glass of wine that encompasses 10 grams of alcohol in average puts women at a risk of premenopausal breast cancer by a significant 5 percent and postmenopausal risk by 9 percent. It is clear that the more a person drinks, the higher the cancer risk. The report is an eye-opener and shows the willingness of ASCO to educate people.