Yes, studies show that consuming alcohol can increase your risk of developing many different cancers. Drinking alcohol can cause cancer of the mouth, throat, voice box, esophagus, breast, colon and liver. The more alcohol a person drinks increases their risk to develop cancer.
Most people know smoking causes cancer, but not everyone knows that smoking and drinking alcohol together increases your chance of developing cancer than if you only did one or the other. Alcohol and smoking have what is called a synergistic effect, meaning one causes the other to be even more harmful when done together. Alcohol may act as a solvent to the tar in cigarettes allowing the cigarette chemicals to easily be absorbed into the body.
Alcohol can decrease the body’s ability to absorb nutrients such as folate which the body uses to fight off breast cancer. Alcohol can damage the lining of the mouth, throat, and colon leading to DNA damage and then cancer. Alcohol also adds extra calories which can lead to obesity. Obesity is also known to cause cancer. Alcohol can also affect hormones such as estrogen production which increases the risk of breast cancer.
It’s important for woman to understand that even a small amount of alcohol can increase their risk of breast cancer. Avoiding alcohol and choosing other healthy beverages can be a simple step toward cancer prevention.
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