A recent study finds that people are unaware of the fact that all alcoholic beverages, including wine, increase the risk of developing cancer. Some even believe that alcohol has health benefits. However, with health benefits, comes a great risk of cancer, and all alcoholic beverages, such as wine, beer, and liquor, have been found to be cancer catalysts. All of this answers the question: Does alcohol increase cancer risk?
As of now, seven types of cancer have been linked to alcohol consumption, including breast, mouth, and colon cancers.
“Alcohol is a leading modifiable risk factor for cancer in the US and previous research has shown that most Americans don’t know this,”Andrew Seidenberg, who led the study as a Cancer Prevention Fellow at the National Cancer Institute.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), drinking alcohol increases your risk of getting six types of cancer: mouth, throat, and voice box (larynx), esophagus, colon, rectum, liver, and breast (in women).
In the study, the highest percentage of adults were aware of the cancer risk associated with alcohol (31.2%) followed by beer (24.9%) and wine (20.3%). According to 10% of adults, drinking wine reduces the risk of cancer, followed by 2.2% of adults who said drinking beer and 1.7% who said drinking liquor.
In a study published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research, more than half of adults were unaware that these beverages might affect cancer risk.
“Educating the public about how alcohol increases cancer risk will not only empower consumers to make more informed decisions but may also prevent and reduce excessive alcohol use, as well as cancer morbidity and mortality.”Klein concluded.