“Alcohol Intake Linked to Cancers, Now Include Prostate Cancer”

Breast, esophagus, colon, and liver, are malignancies for which alcohol is a well-established risk factor. New studies indicate that prostate cancer can be added to the list of cancers for which drinking alcohol is a risk factor. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) declared alcohol to be a cancer-causing agent (carcinogen) in 1988. Alcoholic beverages can contain at least 15 carcinogenic compounds, including acetaldehyde, acrylamide, aflatoxins, arsenic, benzene, cadmium, ethanol, ethyl carbamate, formaldehyde, and lead. Ethanol is the most important carcinogen in alcoholic beverages. The 2014 World Cancer Report (WCR), issued by the World Health Organization’s IARC said that no amount of alcohol is safe. Nonetheless, today we hear the dangerous mantra of “responsible drinking” which promotes or gives one a free pass to drink alcohol in moderation. Repeated studies show the more alcohol that a person drinks, the higher the risk of developing cancer. In fact, a causal relationship exists between alcohol consumption and cancers of the mouth, pharynx, larynx, esophagus, colon-rectum, liver, and female breast. Additionally, a significant relationship also exists between alcohol consumption and pancreatic cancer.

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