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Revelations on Alcohol’s Link to Cancer

by Rebecca

Studies show that alcohol consumption is a leading factor behind some forms of cancer growth. At least seven forms of cancer have now been directly linked with alcohol consumption, health organizations and governments around the world are changing the standards for consumption in response to this new data. In this latest post, the team at TheLawFirm will explore the clear link between alcohol and cancer.

Breast Cancer’s Clear Links to Alcohol Consumption

Breast cancer is one of the most common causes of death for women around the globe. It affects millions and the numbers continue to grow. We’re now seeing that alcohol is the causal link within a substantial number of breast cancer cases. In 2017, it’s expected that 2,355 women in the U.S. will die from breast cancer as a direct result from alcohol consumption – 5.8% of the overall 40,610 women who will die of this form of cancer. The data shows that while 110 women out of 1000 will get breast cancer without drinking regularly, that number grows to 130 for women that consume more than 7 alcoholic drinks a week and 160 for women who drink more than 14 per week.

The Damage Alcohol Has on the Body

In examining the cause behind the rise of breast cancer rates in women, it’s important to know how alcohol causes this disease. Research shows that alcohol consumption can increase the levels of hormones such as estrogen and progesterone, which can lead to the development of cancer. Alcohol can also damage DNA cells.

What You Can do To Limit the Damage

To reduce your chances of developing cancer in the coming years, there are steps you can take to limit your alcohol consumption. For example, you can start by removing alcohol from your home so it’s inconvenient for you to drink regularly. You might also reduce your consumption when you go to your local bar or club. You can start by simply ordering a 1 ounce drink instead of the usual 2 ounce drink. These steps can put you on the path to a healthier lifestyle in the coming years.

This info-graphic will guide you on the impact alcohol can have on your health. To discover more, check it out above.

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