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).
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(Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday November 10 2017, @02:39PM (3 children)
You can never smoke, exercise regularly, not drink, avoid gluten, and eat nasty-ass kale our whole life. Guess what?
You're still going to die.
Enjoy life while you're alive. There are no bonus points for dying healthy.
(Score: 2, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Friday November 10 2017, @03:46PM (2 children)
You die, but rather than having decades of misery from diabetes, stroke and dementia, you're likely to get to enjoy your later years for longer rather than living in a state of more or less agony through most of it.
People like you are so incredibly short-sighted and it's why the nursing homes are so common. It's unnatural for somebody to approach the end of their life so slowly and with so much suffering. Obviously, you can't completely avoid that sort of fate, but if you're actually taking care of yourself, you can prolong the period of health well past middle age.
What's more, the healthy habits that people push also increase the quality of life before that point as it allows people to make the most of what they want. If you've got a crap diet it comes out somewhere.
(Score: 3, Touché) by tangomargarine on Friday November 10 2017, @04:24PM
I would argue that avoiding everything fun in life in order to make the end of it a bit better is the unnatural part. Natural death back in the middle ages was in your 50s from The Plague or unsanitized surgical tools or childbirth or war or etc. etc. etc.
"Is that really true?" "I just spent the last hour telling you to think for yourself! Didn't you hear anything I said?"
(Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday November 10 2017, @08:15PM
Enjoy your long, boring life.
Hey, watch out for that bus!
Opps, too late. Thanks for living.