Alcohol linked to increased cancer risk

April 12, 2011 in Cancer Prevention, Nutrition Topics in the News

Alcohol linked to increased cancer risk
A new study from European researchers has revelaed that alcohol may raise the risk of certain cancers, including throat and liver cancer.

Researchers followed more than 360,000 people in eight countries, including Italy, France, Britain, Spain and Germany and found that overall, about 10 percent of cancers in men and 3 percent of cancers in women are linked with drinking too much alcohol.

To investigate, researchers followed more than 360,000 people and found that certain types of cancer increased with greater alcohol consumption.

Researchers found that 44 percent of cancers of the upper digestive tract including the mouth, throat and esophagus in men might be linked to alcohol, compared to 25 percent for women.  Thirty three percent of liver cancers in men and 25 percent in women are thought to be a result of drinking too much alcohol.  Researchers also reported that 17 percent of colorectal cancer in men and four percent in women might be linked to alcohol consumption. 

Researchers also said about 5 percent of breast cancers in women may be attributable to alcohol.

Researchers say many cancer cases could have been avoided if people limited their alcohol consumption to two drinks per day for men and one alcoholic drink per day for women.

According to the Canadian Cancer Society, drinking alcohol can increase the risk of developing several types of cancer including cancer of the breast, colon and rectum, esophagus, larynx, liver, mouth and pharynx.

For more information on alcohol and cancer risk, including tips to reduce your intake, please visit the Canadian Cancer Society.

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