Even Moderate Alcohol Use Can Increase Cancer Risk

This was the question asked — and answered — by a team of researchers at Harvard University’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston, who surprisingly found that the results differed between men and women.

“Heavy drinking has been linked to increased risk of several cancers, including cancer of the colon, female breast, oral cavity, pharynx, larynx, liver and esophagus, and possibly to a higher risk of cancer of the stomach, pancreas, lung and gallbladder,” Edward Giovannucci, M.D., S.D., professor of nutrition and epidemiology and study author, said in an interview with CURE.

The association between light to moderate drinking, which the Dietary Guidelines for Americans — nutrition advice published by The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Agriculture every five years — describes as up to one alcoholic drink per day for women, and up to two drinks per day for men, was less clear.

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