Just like wearing sunscreen to prevent skin cancer, medical professionals are now recommending that people drink less to reduce risk of other cancers. Last month, the American Society of Clinical Oncology released a statement citing several years of research linking alcohol to increased risk of cancer.
Research found it doesn't matter if you are a light, moderate, or heavy drinker — any consumption of alcohol can lead to cancers of the breast, colon, esophagus, head, and neck. For women, alcohol increased the risk of developing both types of breast cancer. Overall, alcohol was found to be directly responsible for 5 to 6 percent of new cancers and cancer deaths.
What does that mean going forward? Medical professionals are telling people to drink less. And, the less alcohol you drink, the lower your risk. But, there are other ways to lower your risk of cancer — like reducing your exposure to pollutants or starting an exercise regimen.
In the breast cancer studies, women who exercised had a much lower risk of developing cancer than those who did not. Risk was also lower for people who had a healthier diet and overall lifestyle.