Medicine is giving us bad news today: if you like drinking, you’re exposed to cancer. This is the conclusion of a recent study which specifically points out that one drink a day for a woman or two daily drinks for men can result in cancer generated by alcohol consumption.
While males who were associated with alcohol related cancer were heavy smokers, women do not seem to develop it under the same conditions. The study’s results indicate that women who only drink moderately, and who do not smoke at all, have an increased chance to develop cancer, breast cancer in particular.
In short, light to moderate drinking seems to be a risk factor that can cause cancer in men and women. Higher chances occur for men who also smoke, but there are no critical differences between men and women who do not smoke.
While the association is still relatively vague, heavy alcohol consumption has been previously discovered to be connected to the development of several types of cancer. Thus, a group of US researchers from Harvard set out to investigate the matter and ensure whether light to moderate drinking is connected to an increased risk of cancer or not.
The data that they used was collected from approximately 88 thousand women and 48 thousand men within 30 years and scientists investigated the risk of total cancer and known alcohol related cancers. These included breast cancer, liver cancer, colorectum cancer and other cancers that were related to the oral cavity or the digestive system.
Light to moderate drinking were defined in between two different parameters for both sexes: 15g of alcohol per day for women and 30g of alcohol per day for men. Approximately 19 thousand and 7 thousand types of cancer were diagnosed within the follow-up period.
It was concluded that the light to moderate drinking did, indeed, affect the risk of total cancer in both sexes, but the number was so insignificant it was barely worth mentioning. Women who never smoked registered an increased risk of developing breast cancer after consuming one drink every day.
While the study does provide insight into cancer and the triggering stimuli, it also makes us question our day to day pleasures and the way we manage them. It seems as though we cannot enjoy a small drink every day without thinking of the serious consequences that it may have over the next few years of our lives.
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