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“Even Light Drinking Increases Cancer Risk”

Louisianans are faced with alcohol consumption under many circumstances, including, Mardi Gras, football games, crawfish boils and all forms of social gatherings.  For many years, we have known of the link between moderate to heavy alcohol drinking with cancer.  Because there are so many alcohol drinkers in the United States, this topic is of considerable public interest and importance.  There has been convincing evidence that alcohol consumption increases the risk of cancer of the colorectum, breast, larynx, liver, esophagus, oral cavity and pharynx.  However, until now, there have been scant studies on the effects of light alcohol consumption.  But, a new study in Annals of Oncology has shown us that even light drinking increases the risk of cancer of oral cavity and pharynx, esophagus and the female breast.  Light drinking was defined as up to 1 drink/day.

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