Health, Women's Health

Drinking, Even Light Drinking, Ups Cancer Risk

While oenophiles pretty much agree that red wine is good for your health, health experts are taking a dimmer view of the health effects of alcohol. All alcohol. Even a little alcohol. The New York Times reports that a statement published Tuesday in the Journal of Clinical Oncology claims that even light drinking can slightly raise a woman’s risk of breast cancer and increase a common type of esophageal cancer. The Times reports that heavy drinkers (that would be eight or more drinks a week for women and 15 or more a week for men) face much higher risks of mouth and throat cancer, cancer of the voice box, liver cancer and, to a lesser extent, colorectal cancers. How much cancer is caused by alcohol? The Times reports that a recent ASCO survey found that 5.5 percent of all new cancers and 5.8 percent of all cancer deaths worldwide could be attributed to alcohol. Another report released in May from the American Institute for Cancer Research and the World Cancer Research Fund found that for women, just one alcoholic drink a day can increase breast cancer risk.



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