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Hum    6,929

Alcohol use accounted for roughly 3.5 percent of all cancer deaths in the United States in 2009, a new study finds.

This amounts to nearly 20,000 Americans who lost their lives to cancer that year as a result of drinking.

Researchers also found that alcohol is a leading contributor to premature death from any cause, and they estimated that each alcohol-related cancer death resulted in 18 years of potential life lost. In other words, a woman who dies from alcohol-related breast cancer at age 60 likely would have lived until age 78 had cancer not cut her life short.

"Alcohol is a known cancer-causing agent in humans, but it has been severely overlooked as a preventable cause of cancer deaths," said study co-author Timothy Naimi, a physician and alcohol researcher at Boston University Medical Center. "People need to know the impact of alcohol on cancer deaths because it's another reason why they should not drink excessively."

Among men, cancers of the upper airway (meaning the oral cavity and pharynx or the larynx) and the esophagus were the most fatal cancers pegged to alcohol. They killed approximately 6,000 men.

Among women, breast cancer was the top cause of cancer death. About 15 percent of breast cancer deaths in 2009 were linked to alcohol.

Although it's not exactly clear why alcohol increases cancer risk, one theory is that it damages DNA material in cells.

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Growled    3,880

Just another reason to not use alcohol.

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+hedleigh    126

So that means that 96.5 % were not caused by alcohol.

Scaremongering is rife in this day and age.

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DocM    12,659

It said many, not most, and the point still stands; alcohol is mutagenic by way of its first metabolyte, acetaldehyde, and whatever methanol contaminants are present (moonshine, some imports.)

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ajcdotme    8

uhoh... =P

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shakey    1,126

3.5% is nothing.

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Hum    6,929

Just another reason to not use alcohol.

I can quit anytime I want.

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shakey    1,126

I can quit anytime I want.

You can't tell me how drunk I am. Only I can tell me that. You don't own me!

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devBrian    64

For me this falls under the 'take care of your own damn self' category. How marijuana is illegal compared to alcohol and tobacco though, is and will continue to be a mystery to me.

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Dinggus    311

What isn't traced to cancer now days? I'll continue to drink.

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McKay    3,695

What doesn't increase the risk of cancer these days?

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Alwaysonacoffebreak    692

Oh..Smoking wasn't enough already? Now lets put stickers to alcohol bottles as well that it might cause cancer. And while you're at it give out flyers that breathing in oxygen is actually the number one cause of deaths.

If you're so worried about it then don't drink and smoke if that's what your life is like. But leave people like me the **** alone already.

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+hedleigh    126

It said many, not most, and the point still stands; alcohol is mutagenic by way of its first metabolyte, acetaldehyde, and whatever methanol contaminants are present (moonshine, some imports.)

So what causes the other 96.5% then?

Car exhaust is fairly lethal, won't ever see that being discussed as a thing that needs to be controlled or banned.

Obesity, radiation etc., what are their rates?

I'm not disagreeing that it is a cause, just that it's a small percentage. That is what the scaremongering part is about.

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Hum    6,929

So what causes the other 96.5% then?

Smoking, second-hand smoke, sodium nitrates. ;)

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Detection    2,256

Was nice knowing you all....

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syobon999    40

alcohol is as bad as many hard drugs

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Detection    2,256

alcohol is as bad as many hard drugs

Worse in many cases, along with tobacco - now explain why the two most harmful drugs are legal in most places, and the least harmful are illegal

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MFH    138

Worse in many cases, along with tobacco - now explain why the two most harmful drugs are legal in most places, and the least harmful are illegal

You won't find a logical answer to this question...

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Detection    2,256

You won't find a logical answer to this question...

101% agreed

The only logical answer is control and money - but we're never going to hear that as the final answer

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MtnDewCodeRedFreak    144

This is a snore-fest. More BS to spread around.

I smoked and drank on Valentine's Day only b/c I hate Valentine's Day.

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syobon999    40

Worse in many cases, along with tobacco - now explain why the two most harmful drugs are legal in most places, and the least harmful are illegal

Yeah, thats the worst hypocrisy and problem in our society right now, "illegal drugs" also boost crime and empower underground organizations

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n_K    1,641

I've just done a small survey and the results show that taxes causes 90% of cancer cases.

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Growled    3,880

Worse in many cases, along with tobacco - now explain why the two most harmful drugs are legal in most places, and the least harmful are illegal

There is no explanation that makes any sense.

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