The American Society of Clinical Oncology have released a statement linking alcohol consumption to an increased risk in developing certain types of cancer.
In a statement released earlier this week, the American Society of Clinical Oncology pointed out a causal link between the consumption of alcohol and oropharyngeal and larynx cancer, esophageal cancer, hepatocellular carcinoma, breast cancer, and colon cancer.
The statement went on to say, “ASCO believes that a proactive stance by the Society to minimize excessive exposure to alcohol has important implications for cancer prevention,”
While there has been research relating alcohol and cancer for quite some time, this is the first time the organization has spoken up about the strong link between the two.
Earlier this year, two research groups found evidence tying as little as 1 glass of wine or beer a day to the increased risk in the development of both pre- and postmenopausal breast cancer. In this report, researchers from the American Institute for Cancer Research and the World Cancer Research Fund investigated 119 studies and data from an estimated 12 million women from around the globe.
The National Cancer Institute says the more regular your alcohol consumption the higher likelihood there is of you developing cancer, and alcohol is listed as a carcinogenic (having the potential to cause cancer) by the US Department of Health and Human Services.
This is not to say that mild alcohol consumption cannot be enjoyed, with researcher Alice Bender telling Business Insider earlier this year “We’re not saying no one should ever drink at all — we’re just saying if you do drink, even trying to keep it down to less than one drink a day would be a smart choice,”
The researchers from ASCO are in agreement.
“The message is not, ‘Don’t drink.’ It’s, ‘If you want to reduce your cancer risk, drink less. And if you don’t drink, don’t start,’” says Noelle LoConte, lead lead author of the ASCO statement and associate professor at the University of Wisconsin.
There are many lifestyle factors to consider and you can decrease your chances of developing cancer through changing your environment, diet and the amount of exercise you take part in. However, these latest findings show a strong link with alcohol and the risk of developing certain types of cancer.
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