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posted by martyb on Friday November 10 2017, @12:41AM   Printer-friendly
from the Yikes!-Cancer?-I-need-a-drink! dept.

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) has released a statement (open, DOI: 10.1200/JCO.2017.76.1155) (DX) discussing the links between alcohol consumption and cancer:

The statement provides evidence of a connection between light drinking and an increased risk of esophageal and breast cancer. Heavy drinkers face a much longer list of risks, including mouth cancer, throat cancer, cancer of the voice box, liver cancer, and colorectal cancer. That's a whole lot of cancers.

"The message is not, 'Don't drink.' It's, 'If you want to reduce your cancer risk, drink less," said Dr. Noelle LoConte, lead author of the statement. "And if you don't drink, don't start." She says this "subtle" take on the issue is somewhat less cautionary than the warnings about smoking. But the message rings the same.

The doctors behind the statement aimed to draw attention to what they view as a public health problem and advocate for a push towards better education and research.

Also at Medscape and ASCO (shorter press release).

Previously: Study Shows 3 Drinks a Day May Cause Liver Cancer

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  • (Score: 2) by stretch611 on Friday November 10 2017, @04:02AM (4 children)

    by stretch611 (6199) on Friday November 10 2017, @04:02AM (#595021)

    Let's see... Don't drink or you will die of cancer...

    About a year or two ago, all the news was that Bacon caused cancer as well...

    So don't drink or eat bacon or you will die of cancer.

    You know what, I am going to eat bacon and drink. I may die of cancer earlier, but damn it... WHAT IS THE POINT OF LIVING IF YOU CAN'T ENJOY IT???

    Not to mention eating red meat, smoking (I don't smoke, but some others may enjoy it) Staying out in the sun... f-ing nature... causes cancer. Get injured and have an X-ray and trying to help your health causes cancer. Worrying about cancer is probably another cause of cancer... everything else causes it.

    Maybe they should instead start telling people what doesn't cause cancer. The list will be shorter.

    Go... live your life, enjoy it, for tomorrow you may get killed by a car or countless other non-cancerous ways.

    If you do wind up with cancer... do what you can, but still go and enjoy life, as I said, whats the point otherwise?

    Now with 5 covid vaccine shots/boosters altering my DNA :P
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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday November 10 2017, @04:28AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday November 10 2017, @04:28AM (#595031)

    Yea, Ive been slowly realizing why so little (its improved a tiny bit recently, but still) is being done about the rampant phacking, etc these people are doing. Its pointless to reason with them, and they are just destroying their own credibility anyway. May as well just do your best to avoid them and whatever the current fad is. I wish there were fewer stories like this on soylent though.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday November 10 2017, @04:30AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday November 10 2017, @04:30AM (#595033)

    Also cell division (mitogenesis) causes cancer, that is why "living" causes cancer, more cells are used up the more you live. Im not exactly clear on why this is an offensive idea, but it is for some reason.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday November 10 2017, @09:57AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday November 10 2017, @09:57AM (#595080)

    I think it's safe to say that regular sex does not cause cancer (obviously you need to keep clean, don't overdo it, and in general stop if anything is hurting).

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday November 10 2017, @03:43PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday November 10 2017, @03:43PM (#595157)

    This kind of ignorance is ridiculous.

    Believe it or not, there are people out there that actually have the kind of diet that you're knocking that seem to have no particular problem enjoying life. Perhaps you ought to try it before you knock it. Fats, salt and sugar are easy flavors to appreciate. But, they're hardly the only ones out there. Having a refined sense of taste can take a bit of exploration, but if you're just enjoying unhealthy things, there are consequences.