Alcohol is a Huge Risk Factor for Cancer

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I just read a newly released article about alcohol being a huge risk factor for various types of cancer — specifically, oral/tongue cancer, throat/larnyx cancer, esophageal cancer, stomach cancer, colon/rectal cancer. But did you know there is an increased risk of liver, pancreatic, and even female breast cancer, too?

Over the last few years, the mainstream media has made a big deal of the cardiovascular benefits of red wine with the evening meal. However, those miniscule benefits pale in comparison to the huge increase in cancer risk.

But do we read about these cancer risks in the mass media? No, we do not.

Why is that? Do you think it has anything to do with profits due to intake of alcohol?

In October of each year the entire US seems to turn pink with the Breast Cancer Awareness Month activities. However, I do not recall even once hearing that eliminating alcohol would reduce the risk. We hear all about mammograms and self-breast exam…but those are for early detection — not for prevention.

Is it true that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure? When it comes to cancer, this statement could be re-written to read “an ounce of prevention is worth a TON of cure.” Being cured of cancer is neither painless nor quick. Ask any cancer survivor. They will gladly share the horrors of the path they traveled.

Ask the loved ones of those who did NOT survive cancer and/or the ravages of treatment.

Neither path is one I would choose or wish on the ones I love.

Is that drink of alcohol really worth the increased risk of cancer? Really and truly? Is it worth it?

Think twice, three times, 100 times, before you say “yes” to your next glass of wine, bottle/can of beer, or shot of liquor.

You don’t have to take my word for it. Here is the source of information I used for this article:
Reference: http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/824237?src=wnl_edit_specol&uac=96025ST

To Your Health,

Zona Taylor, BSN, RN, MS

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