Stop drinking alcohol to cut cancer risk

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Researchers in the United Kingdom say that there are 135,000 alcohol associated deaths predicted by the year 2035.

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In spite of the clear evidence that drinking too much alcohol is associated with serious aberrations in behavior a lot of people regularly drink too much. There is also an association between excessive alcohol consumption and cancer according to researchers.

By 2035 there are expected to be 135,000 cancer associated deaths caused by alcohol

Cancer Research UK reports that by 2035 there are expected to be 135,000 cancer associated deaths caused by alcohol. This will cost the National Health Service in Great Britain about 2 billion pounds for treatments.

It has been revealed that by 2035 Great Britain could be hit with about 7,100 cancer deaths a year that are linked to drinking alcohol. Esophageal cancer is anticipated to see the most significant increase to be followed by cancer of the bowel, mouth and throat, breast cancer and also liver cancer.

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The risk of cancer is increased with the more alcohol you consume

It has been suggested by the evidence that the risk of cancer is increased with the more alcohol you consume. The researchers say an alarming 90 percent of people are not aware that there is an association between alcohol and cancer. Alison Cox, who is the director of prevention at Cancer Research UK, says that the new figures show the horrible impact which alcohol will have in the future. This is why it is clearly important to better inform the public of the association between drinking alcohol and cancer, and what can be done to improve the risk.

Mandatory health information should be put on the labels of alcoholic products

Professor Sir Ian Gilmore, who is the chair of the Alcohol Health Alliance in Great Britain, has suggested mandatory health information should be put on the labels of alcoholic products. This health information should include the association between alcohol and cancer and low risk guidelines for drinking.

The National Cancer Institute reports extensive reviews of research has shown there has been a significant scientific consensus that there is an association between drinking alcohol and several different types of cancer. Research shows the more alcohol a person consumes the higher the risk is for alcohol associated cancer.

The association between drinking alcohol and cancer is particularly seen with the more alcohol a person regularly consumes over time. Data show that in 2009 about 3.5 percent of all cancer deaths in the United States, or approximately 19,500 deaths, were associated with alcohol. It therefore sure seems like a good idea to stop drinking alcohol and to instead drink something more healthy like green tea or spring water.

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