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“Alcohol Can Cause Cancer”

In 1988, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) declared alcohol to be a cancer causing agent (carcinogen).  But, today we hear the mantra of “responsible drinking” which promotes or gives one a free pass to drink alcohol in moderation.  So, let’s look at the incriminating data against alcohol consumption, which says that no amount of alcohol is safe. Actually, that is the conclusion of the 2014 World Cancer Report (WCR), issued by the World Health Organization’s IARC.  The report says that the more alcohol that a person drinks, the higher the risk. The alcohol/cancer link has been strengthened by the finding of a dose/response relationship between alcohol consumption and certain cancers. And here is the kicker: a causal relationship exists between alcohol consumption and cancers of the mouth, pharynx, larynx, esophagus, colon-rectum, liver, and female breast; a significant relationship also exists between alcohol consumption and pancreatic cancer.  Wow!  Further, links have also been made between alcohol consumption and leukemia; multiple myeloma; and cancers of the cervix, vulva, vagina, and skin, but fewer studies have looked at these relationships and more research is needed to establish a confirmed association (causation).

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