Article Summary By Michael Estlack, Director of Connectivity
According to an article in Scientific America, alcohol consumption now has strong ties with several forms of cancer. Most of us know that alcohol is a toxin to the body, but these new findings are startling. According the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 3.5% of all cancer deaths in the United States, or 19,500 deaths, are alcohol-related.
Not only can alcohol cause cancer, but also if you are already afflicted with cancer, alcohol can cause a recurrence of that cancer and others.
A survey by ASCO found that 70% of Americans were unaware of this tie between alcohol and cancer. Such cancers include breast cancer in females and liver cancer.
Light drinkers, as defined as less than one drink per day, have a 4% increase in chances of breast cancer. Moderate drinkers have a 23% increase, while heavy drinkers, or those drinking 8 or more drinks a day, have a 63% increase in occurrences of breast cancer. This is largely in part due to alcohol effects on the female sex hormone, estrogen.
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