Alcohol Consumption Increases Risk of Cancer

Alcohol effects and cancer

The best treatment for cancer is to prevent it from occurring. Research is ongoing to evaluate environmental and lifestyle factors that may be associated with an increased incidence of cancer. Identifying such risk factors may allow individuals to modify lifestyle choices in order to reduce their risk of developing cancer.

The Million Women Study in the United Kingdom involved over 1.3 million middle-aged women who responded to a questionnaire regarding sociodemographic and personal information, including alcohol consumption. These women were followed for several years in an effort to determine how reproductive and lifestyle factors affect women’s health.

The current study used the data from just over 1.2 million of the women in the Million Women Study, excluding some women based on pre-existing cancers or because pertinent information was excluded on the questionnaire. About one-quarter of the cohort reported drinking no alcohol. Of the remaining women who reported consuming alcohol, 98% consumed fewer than 21 drinks per week, with the average being one drink per day. (Fewer than three drinks per day is considered low to moderate alcohol consumption.)

The women were followed for an average of 7.2 years, during which 68,775 invasive cancers occurred.

Increased alcohol consumption was associated with increased risks of some cancers.

With each additional drink consumed per day, the risk of breast cancer increased by 11%, oral cavity/pharynx cancer by 29%, esophageal cancer by 22%, larynx cancer by 44%, liver cancer by 24%, and total cancer by 6%.

The researchers concluded that low to moderate alcohol consumption increases the risk of certain cancers.Journal of the National Cancer Institute. 2009

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  1. And she would drink up to three mixed drinks of alcohol every day. After she found out she was pregnant, completely quit drinking all together. She made the decision to abort due to the consistent drinking. I still wonder to this day if that baby wouldve turned out okay??? Anyone have any opinions?? It’s been on my mind for a while now and still had no answers to whether or not she made the right decision.

    (Please no pro-life lectures)
    Yes, I heard that is a very important part of the baby’s growth which is in the first 3-5 weeks of growth. At least that’s what I learned in nursing school. I know, she is very careful now from what she tells me.

  2. Is whatever the carcinogen in skim milk still in organic skim milk? I feel like it’s the hormones or chemicals they put itno the milk right? So wouldn’t that make truly organic skim milk impermeable against it?
    Please answer the question. I still want to lower my chance of it mind you!

  3. Okay, I’m not talking about Bud Light, I’m talking about an OATMEAL STOUT. And, if I only have one a day, what affect would this have on muscle recovery(bodybuilding)? I know that full-out drinking is horrible for muscle recovery, but what about just one oatmeal stout per day?

  4. What in alcohol and chocolate irritates the stomach and makes it produce more acid?