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is alcohol consumption linked to cancer at all?

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Dr. Katherine Sutherland
Gynecology 43 years experience
Yes: Alcohol, especially in conjunction with smoking, can increase the risk of head and neck cancers (mouth, larynx, pharynx) and esophageal cancer. Alcohol also increases the risk of breast, liver, and colorectal cancer.
Dr. Stuart Wasser
Addiction Medicine 35 years experience
Yes: Many different types.

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A 47-year-old member asked:

How much time does it take for heavy alcohol consumption to lead to cancer?

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Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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Decades: but it depends on the kind of cancer, and whether other co-promoters or enhancers (like tobacco, or hepatitis C) are present. The most common alcohol-associated cancers are head and neck cancer, where alcohol doubles or triples risk, smoking increases it eight fold, but the combination increases it 150 times that of non-smokers, non-drinkers; and liver cancer, where hep C contributes as well.

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