Even Light Drinking Raises Cancer Risk in Women
Small amounts of alcohol can increase the risk for breast cancer and a common type of esophageal cancer in women, according to a statement issued earlier this week by the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) – a group that includes many of the top cancer doctors in the United States. The statement was published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.
Other medical groups have acknowledged the link between alcohol and cancer risk, but this is the first time ASCO has weighed in. The group also warns that heavy drinking leads to a much higher risk for cancer of the mouth, throat, voice box, and liver, and raises the risk for colorectal cancer. ASCO researchers reviewed previous studies and determined that 5.5 percent of all new cancers and 5.8 percent of all cancer deaths can be attributed to alcohol.
Alcohol was classified as carcinogenic to humans in 1987 by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, part of the World Health Organization.