- In a statement, the American Society of Clinical Oncology asked Americans to drink less alcohol.
- The group, which includes the nation’s top cancer doctors, cited several years of research that links alcohol — even as little as a glass of wine or beer a day — with cancer.
- You can also do certain things to decrease your cancer risk, like getting more exercise.
It’s not every day that a group of the nation’s top cancer doctors asks people to curb their drinking.
In a statement released Tuesday, the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) outlined research tying alcohol to two types of cancer and told Americans to drink less.
“ASCO believes that a proactive stance by the Society to minimize excessive exposure to alcohol has important implications for cancer prevention,” the statement, which was published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, said.
This is the first time the organization has taken a stance on alcohol and cancer, but it is not the first time the research has found strong links between the two.
This summer, two major research groups found strong evidence that drinking alcohol — as little as one glass of wine or beer a day — increases the risk of developing both pre- and postmenopausal breast cancer. For that report, scientists from the American Institute for Cancer Research and the World Cancer Research Fund looked at 119 studies from around the globe and incorporated data from roughly 12 million women as well as some 260,000 cases of breast cancer.
The US Department of Health and Human Services lists alcohol as a known human carcinogen. Research highlighted by the National Cancer Institute suggests that the more alcohol you drink — particularly the more you drink regularly — the higher your risk of developing cancer.
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