In a statement released November 7 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, ASCO said it has evidence identifying alcohol consumption as a definite cancer risk, citing 5 to 6 percent of new cancers and deaths related to cancer around the world as directly tied to alcoholic use.
The latest study conducted by the group of researchers from ASCO has found links between drinking alcohol and risks for several types of cancer like esophogeal, mouth, liver, colorectal and breast cancers.
As of 2013, about 73 per cent of Americans reported consuming alcohol, and almost 13 per cent described their consumption habits as binge drinking, according to a survey published in JAMA Psychiatry in August.
The group representing doctors has also called for new initiatives in public health to curb the use of alcohol from restrictions on ads that target minors to taxes.
"We made a decision to push this out because.we were looking over our portfolio of various statements on primary prevention of cancer and we realized that we did not have a statement on alcohol", Noelle LoConte, a representative of ASCO, told International Business Times Tuesday. While it is okay to drink occasionally (read rarely), you shouldn't be making a habit out of it. McTiernan is also on the advisory panel that oversees the work of the World Cancer Research Fund.
"If you look at these figures, you see alcohol is a contributing factor; certainly it has a causal role", Dr. Hudis said.
In fact, ASCO reports that women who drank even one drink of beer or wine (which have significantly lower alcohol contents than liquors) were five percent more likely to develop premenopausal breast cancer, and nine percent more likely to develop the cancer after menopause. She's an associate professor of medicine at the University of Wisconsin.
The real concern is excessive and specifically binge drinking (which is defined as eight or more drinks per week or three or more drinks per day for women, or 15 or more drinks per week or four or more drinks a day for men). "If you drink more, even cutting back, but not quitting, will reduce your risk". "The good news is that just like people wear sunscreen to limit their risk of skin cancer, limiting alcohol intake is one more thing people can do to reduce their overall risk of developing cancer". She says this "subtle" take on the issue is somewhat less cautionary than the warnings about smoking.