Can One Extra Glass of Wine Really Increase Your Risk for Cancer?

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Can One Extra Glass of Wine Really Increase Your Risk for Cancer?
April is National Alcohol Awareness Month - Learn Alcohol's Role in Cancer Risk

Tampa, FL - Drinking too much alcohol can lead to many serious health problems, including alcohol poisoning and increased risk of heart disease. But did you know that drinking alcohol in excess increases your risk for cancer? If you didn't, you aren't the only one. Many people are unaware of this fact.

During Alcohol Awareness Month, Tampa Bay Radiation Oncology encourages Bay Area residents to educate themselves about the dangers of alcohol and its risk for cancer.
"Being aware that alcohol does increase the risk of cancer is so important for people to know," says John M. Koval M.D., "We can utilize preventative measures to help avoid cancers, including controlling our alcohol consumption."

In recent years, alcohol has been associated with an increased risk of a number of cancers. Studies published by the International Journal of Cancer have shown that 3.6% of all cancer cases and 3.5% of cancer deaths worldwide are attributable to consumption of alcohol. In women, breast cancer has been linked to alcohol consumption, according to the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.
Alcohol intake that is attributed to other types of cancers are: mouth, esophagus, pharynx and larynx, colon, liver, stomach, and ovarian cancer.

"Most people don't realize how a few extra glasses of wine at dinner can increase your risk for cancer," says John M. Koval M.D., "We need to educate the public so they can act and practice prevention." The American Cancer Society recommends people who drink alcohol limit their intake to no more than two drinks per day for men and one drink a day for women.
While limiting drinks is something we can all do, also keep in mind serving and portion size. Here is a helpful guide to go by when consuming various alcoholic beverages:
Below are the recommended servings:
Beer - 12 ounces of beer or 1 bottle/can of beer
Wine - 5 ounces of wine or just under a ½ cup
80 proof liquor - 1.5 ounces of liquor or 1 ½ shots

If your alcohol consumption exceeds the recommended amount, here are some helpful tips for drinking less:
• Alternate between alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
• Eat food while you drink alcohol. Think of wine or beer as something you enjoy with a meal, rather than on its own.
• Choose drinks with low alcohol content.
• Offer to be the designated driver.
• Avoid binge drinking: a pattern of drinking heavily in a very short amount of time with intention of getting heavily intoxicated.

With conscious effort of diet, exercise, limiting alcohol and quitting or not smoking, we can take part in active cancer prevention.

About Tampa Bay Radiation Oncology
Tampa Bay Radiation Oncology (TBRO) was formed in 2003, is a locally owned and physician managed organization committed to providing experienced, state-of-the-art cancer treatments in a caring and professional manner. We practice in four freestanding clinics, strategically and conveniently located throughout the Tampa Bay Area. We offer patients state-of-the-art planning capabilities that are offered at other major academic cancer centers across the country, so patients can receive their cancer care at home with support of family and friends. We are the first freestanding facility in the Tampa Bay Area to offer: IMRT and IGRT, Leipzig and Valencia, and the most experienced and successful in MammoSite, Prostate and Leipzig treatments.

For more information please visit: or call (866) 652-0333.

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