Alcohol raises cancer risk
As if cancer itself wasn't bad enough, new research from the Boston University School of Medicine and Boston University School of Public Health found that nearly 3.5 percent of all cancer deaths could be prevented by avoiding alcohol. The study found that nearly 20,000 people die of cancer in association with alcohol.
What does this mean? Alcohol is a known carcinogen, even when consumed in small amounts. The researchers found that each alcohol-related cancer death was equivalent to 18 years of potential life lost, where as few as 1.5 drinks were linked to 30 percent of deaths. Among women, nearly 15 percent of breast cancer deaths were alcohol-related, amounting to 6,000 each year.
Cancer and alcohol have been linked for some time, as alcohol consumption leads to higher risks of mouth, throat, esophageal, and liver cancers, and has recently been associated with increased rates of colon, rectal and breast cancers.