Heavy Alcohol and Cigarette Use Contributes to Risk of Cancer

Heavy Alcohol and Cigarette Use Contributes to Risk of Cancer

The International Agency for Cancer Research studied the role of the consumption of both alcohol and tobacco in developing cancer. The analysis was case-controlled and uncovered the fact that both alcohol and smoking increased the risk of oral cancers known as upper aero-digestive tract cancers, or UADTs. The key factor involved was the combination of both cigarette smoking and heavy consumption of alcohol.

The study further showed that those who are combined heavy smokers and heavy alcohol consumers are put at more extreme risk. Those individuals who smoked and drank heavily were by far the highest cancer risk for UADT cancer. The cancer risk was highest for those who only drank liquors and lowest for beer and wine drinkers, according to Medical News Today.

The group of scientists performing the study gathered their research from seven different centers in Argentina, Brazil and Cuba and focused on groups where these types of cancer frequently occurred. The risk was greater for those who were smokers versus non-smokers and lower for alcohol consumers alone.

Over time the risks associated with the cancer decreased steadily the longer the person went without smoking or drinking. The researchers noted that most of these types of cancers could easily be prevented if the individuals quit either of these two habits, drinking or smoking tobacco.

For those who had never smoked, alcohol barely contributed to a risk for these kinds of cancers. None of the links between the two vices were statistically significant.

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