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Daily Alcohol Consumption Increases Risk of Cancer


A study conducted by scientists at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health and Brigham and Women's Hospital has noted that a high intake of alcoholic beverages is linked to a higher risk of alcohol related cancers, immortal news reports.

The study was conducted on more than 135,000 individuals and was published in the British Medical Journal. The study reviewed the behaviors, that included drinking habits, of the individuals over the course of three decades.

The study also noted that even modest drinking significantly increases the risk of cancer, especially among women. Women who drank more than one unit of alcohol a day increased their risk of breast cancer by more than thirteen percent. Women who drank more than a unit of alcohol on a daily basis were also at a higher risk for other types of cancers such as the cancers related to the liver, bowel, mouth, throat, esophagus and larynx.

Among men, those who smoked or were smokers increased their chances of cancer if they consumed up to two drinks each day.

Non-smoking men showed no higher risk for cancer.

According to TIME, the study's lead author Yin Cao says, "Smoking and heavy alcohol consumption should be absolutely avoided to prevent cancer."

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