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ZME Science: “Even casual drinking increases cancer risk”

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November 10th, 2017 at 10:07 pm by Mihai Andrei

Although research has demonstrated that all types of alcohol consumption increase cancer risk, most people (including doctors) aren’t aware of this. Now, the American Society of Clinical Oncology has issued a statement to help raise awareness on this issue — they want you to know that even drinking in moderation can be dangerous. The correlation between alcohol consumption and cancer risk has been long established; an estimated 5.5% of new cancer cases worldwide are associated with drinking, especially in the mouth, throat, esophagus, liver, breast, and colon. “Although this association has been established for a long time, most oncologists and most laypeople and most cancer patients are not aware of the risk,” she says. “This was an opportunity for us to raise awareness.” While moderate consumption poses risks, abusing alcohol is much more dangerous. Several types of cancer show a direct correlation with alcohol consumption, and because it is so seemingly innocent and socially acceptable, it can be quite hazardous.




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