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Alcohol and Cancer Risk

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.
  1. Alcohol and Breast Cancer (10)

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.

Colon Cancer Develops Earlier in Drinkers, Smokers
Colorectal cancer, the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States, seems to develop years earlier in people who drink alcohol, smoke cigarettes and are males, according to research conducted at Evanston Northwestern Healthcare.

Finding May Explain Alcohol-Cancer Link
Polyamines – natural compounds essential for cell growth – react with acetaldehyde, which is produced when alcohol is metabolized in the body, to trigger a series of reactions that damage DNA, an event that can lead to the formation of cancer.

Alcohol Magnifies the Rewarding Effects of Smoking
Research has found that alcohol can cause a dose-dependent increase in smoking urge, even among light smokers.

Study Provides Clues to Alcohol's Cancer Connection
For the first time scientists have demonstrated a model that may explain how alcohol stimulates tumor growth.

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 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.

Top 5 Ways to Prevent Liver Cancer
There are some simple lifestyle changes that can be made to help reduce risk factors for liver cancer, according to About.com Cancer Guide Lisa Fayed.

Alcohol Increases Colorectal Cancer Risk
A person's risk of developing colorectal cancer increases when alcohol consumption increases, according to this report from About.com Colon Cancer Guide Donna Myers.

Alcohol Found to Increase Rectal Cancer Risk
Drinking more than one beer a day or two glasses of spirits was found to more than double the risk of developing rectal cancer.

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