Nevertheless, a new study proves that even light or moderate drinking might heighten the risk of getting certain types of cancer, especially breast cancer in women.
The study, which was carried out in the United States reveals that women who have a history of breast cancer in their family are very likely to become ill themselves unless they start cutting down on the amount of alcohol they consume. Even one alcoholic drink every day spikes up the chances of having a tumor.
Men are more exposed to developing cancer if they smoked at s certain point in their lives.
Health experts said that moderate drinking means consuming less than 30 g a day for men and less than 15 g a day for women.
“People with a family history of cancer, especially women with a family history of breast cancer, should consider reducing their alcohol intake to below recommended limits, or even abstaining altogether,” said Dr. Jurgen Rehm from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.
The study, which was carried out by a team of scientists from Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health in Boston, Massachusetts, reveals that alcohol consumption is linked to 3.6 percent of cancers all around the world.
The theory is supported by other health experts, such as Dr. Richard Roope, who is the clinical Lead for cancer at the Royal College of GPs. He explained that numbers show that about 30 percent of all oral cancers, 12 percent of bowel cancers, 21 percent of oesophageal cancers and 6 percent of breast cancers can be linked to the consumption of alcohol in women.
This study is hardly breaking news, as the statistics have proved before that alcohol is extremely harmful for people’s health, but especially for women who have family members that had been diagnosed with breast cancer in the past. It is of utmost importance for them to be extra careful when the amounts of alcohol they consume and to avoid smoking at all costs.
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