Washington: Many observational studies have shown that alcohol intake, especially heavy drinking, increases a number of upper-aero-digestive tract (UADT) and other cancers, and even moderate drinking is associated with a slight increase in the risk of breast cancer. Recently a meta-analysis compares the effects between light drinkers (an average reported intake of up to 1 typical drink/day) versus “non-drinkers” in terms of relative risks for a number of types of cancer.The researchers concluded that while the risk of these cancers was only slightly increased from such drinking, there were detectable increases in cancers of the oral cavity and pharynx, esophagus and female breast. They report no increase in the risk of cancers of the colorectum, liver, and larynx to be associated with such drinking.
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