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Drinking Alcohol Increases Cancer Risk

Even One Drink a Day Can Up Risk of Some Cancers

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Updated October 07, 2012

Scientists and researchers continue to find a link between even moderate alcohol drinking and an increased risk of certain cancers, especially breast cancer and liver cancer. The more you drink, the greater the risk of developing cancer.

Alcohol and Cancer
Considerable evidence suggests a connection between heavy alcohol consumption and increased risk for cancer, with an estimated 2 to 4 percent of all cancer cases thought to be caused either directly or indirectly by alcohol.

Alcohol Listed as Known Carcinogen
For the first time alcoholic beverages have been listed as a known human carcinogen by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in its "Report on Carcinogens" 9th edition.

One Drink a Day Ups Breast Cancer Risk
After studying the cases of more than 150,000 women worldwide, British researchers have concluded that drinking as little as one drink a day increases the risk of breast cancer.

Drinking and Breast Cancer
Women who are frequent drinkers and who have a close relative who has had breast cancer are more than twice as likely to develop breast cancer themselves than those who do not drink.

Heavy Drinking Increases Breast Cancer Risk
Women who drink run the risk of getting breast cancer and that risk is directly related to the amount of alcohol they consume, according to new reports.

HRT, Drinking and Breast Cancer
Women who are undergoing hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and who drink just one drink a day double their chances of developing breast cancer, according to a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

New Breast Cancer Risk Found
Women who drink moderate to high quantities of alcohol during pregnancy could be contributing to an increased risk of breast cancer among their daughters.

Alcohol Use Risky for Postmenopausal Women
Older women with a history of alcohol use are significantly more likely than nondrinkers to be diagnosed with hormonally sensitive forms of breast cancer.

Heavy Drinking Dangers
Two more research studies have emphasized the serious health effects of long-term heavy drinking, from an increased risk for having accidents to developing liver cancer.

Colon Cancer Risk
People who have continued to drink regularly for 20 years run a greater risk of developing tumors related to colon cancer and those who drink and smoke have even a greater risk.

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