Does Alcohol Affect Cancer?
Cancer is something that affects millions and millions of people, and the risks of developing many types of cancer are related to both genetic and lifestyle factors. In some ways if you’re genetically predisposed to be at a higher risk for cancer, there’s not much you can do, but so many lifestyle factors also play a part in whether or not people get cancer.
What about alcohol and cancer? Does alcohol affect cancer?
Below is more information about cancer in general, and also information about the relationship between alcohol and cancer.
- Head and neck cancer: Drinking alcohol is a key risk factor for head and neck cancers and in particular cancer of the oral cavity, throat, and larynx. If you have more than 3.5 drinks a day, you have a two to three times greater risk of developing these kinds of cancers as opposed to people who don’t drink.
- Esophageal cancer: Alcohol is a significant risk factor in the development of a certain kind of esophageal cancer which is called squamous cell carcinoma.
- Liver cancer: Most people are aware that drinking excessively can cause liver damage, and it can also increase the risk of liver cancer as well.
- Breast cancer: Breast cancer is one of the leading types of cancer women face, and there have been many studies looking at the links between alcohol and cancer of the breast. Research shows an increased risk of breast cancer that’s associated with drinking alcohol, and the more you drink, the higher the risk.
- Colorectal cancer: There is a slightly increased risk shown with the use of alcohol and cancer of the colon and rectum.
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