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American Society of Clinical Oncology: Alcohol Use Increases Risk of Cancer

Accepted submission by takyon at 2017-11-09 12:54:24

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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