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Research links alcohol to seven types of cancer

Jul 22, 2016, 4:34 AM EDT
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According to a study, published in the scientific journal Addiction, even low to moderate consumption of alcohol causes seven forms of cancer. The new analysis, which has been endorsed by health experts, finds enough credible evidence to link alcohol to cancer of the mouth and throat, larynx, oesophagus, liver, colon, bowel and breast.

The findings of the report come as a stark reminder that more awareness campaigns should be launched to deal with public ignorance about the close relationship between drinking and cancer, notes The Guardian. The conclusions of the report are derived after a 10-year analysis of the reviews undertaken by World Cancer Research Fund, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, the World Health Organization’s cancer body and other authoritative bodies.

Jennie Connor, from the University of Otago in New Zealand, said the supposed health benefits of drinking appear “irrelevant” when compared to the heightened risk of a range of cancers, writes The Telegraph.

The study also shows that people who drink and smoke are at a greater risk of developing cancer. However, Connor’s research found that the risk of some types of cancers can be reversed if people cut down or stop drinking. 

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