Alcohol Causes 1 of 30 Cancer Deaths


The habit of alcohol consumption associated with each one of the 30 cancer deaths in the United States. Relationship is evident in the case of breast cancer.

About 15 percent of deaths from breast cancer known to be associated with alcohol consumption.

"Alcohol is actually a cancer-causing agent but not so obvious because people do not realize it," said Dr.David Nelson, director of the Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program.

People who frequently consume alcohol at high risk of cancer. Yet there is no safe limit for alcohol use, including people who drink moderate amounts that have been considered beneficial for the heart.

"We recommend that people understand they are at risk of cancer begins to reduce alcohol consumption. The fewer, the lower the risk," said Nelson.

To determine the link between drinking alcohol and cancer, Nelson and his team collected data from various sources, including national surveys of alcohol use.

In addition to breast cancer in women, cancer of the mouth, throat and esophagus is a type of cancer associated with alcohol consumption in men. Each year recorded 6000 deaths from cancer.

Previous studies have shown that the hobby of drinking alcohol are risk factors for cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, liver, colon, rectum, and breast cancer in women.

According to experts from the American Cancer Society, not entirely clear how alcohol increases the risk of cancer.

Alcohol is believed to act as a chemical irritant to sensitive cells and triggers DNA damage. Besides alcohol also acts as a solvent for other carcinogens, such as those found in cigarettes, so the carcinogens that can enter cells more easily.

Alcohol is also thought to affect important hormones, such as estrogen thus increasing the risk of breast cancer.

"If you do not drink alcohol, do not start. However if you are a drinker, start limit," he said.

Although alcohol is shown to be associated with cancer, but tobacco is still a strong factor in cancer mortality. Every year, 100,000 deaths due to cancer is triggered by smoking habits.