The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) issued a statement identifying alcohol consumption as a risk factor for several cancers. Furthermore, the organization also cited even light drinking can slightly increase the risk of breast cancer in women.
The statement is intended to raise awareness about the strong association between alcohol and cancer. “People do not seem to link drinking beer, wine and hard liquor with increasing their risk of developing cancer”, DR. Bruce Johnson, the president of ASCO, said in the statement.
Heavy drinkers are at higher risk of mouth and throat cancer, cancer of voice box, liver cancer and to a lesser extent, colorectal cancers, the group states. Dr. Noelle LoConte, an associate professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the lead author of the ASCO statement said, the message is not, do not drink. It is, if you want to reduce cancer risk, drink in moderation. And if you do not drink do not start.
For women, just one alcoholic drink per day can increase breast cancer risk, according to a report released in May from the American Institute for Cancer Research and the World Cancer Research Fund.
‘Therefore, limiting alcohol consumption is a means to prevent cancer,” Dr. LoConte said in a statement. “The good news is that, just like people wear sunscreen to limit their risk of skin cancer, limiting alcohol intake is one more thing people can do to reduce their overall risk of developing cancer.