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Rethink Your Drinking: Learn About the Link Between Alcohol and Cancer

04/01/18

Want to lower your risk of cancer? Drink less alcohol.

As you toasted in the New Year, what was in your glass matters. When it comes to
alcohol, the more a person drinks, the higher the risk of cancer. Drinking less can lower
your risk of colorectal, breast and liver cancers as well as head and neck cancers. In
2010, Cancer Care Ontario estimated alcohol caused 3000 cases of cancer in Ontario.

The link between alcohol and cancer is important as research shows that only one third
of Canadians are aware that they can lower their risk of cancer by reducing how much
alcohol they drink. As the majority of Ontario adults drink alcohol, it’s important to know
that there is no “safe” amount of alcohol in relation to a person’s risk for cancer. What
we do know is that the less alcohol you drink, the more you reduce your risk.

“We want adults to rethink their drinking and gradually decrease the amount of alcohol
that they drink to reduce their cancer risk and support healthy lifestyles,” says Jason
Weppler, Health Promoter, with the Grey Bruce Health Unit. “This is especially
important for those who have a strong family history of cancer.”

For those looking to reduce their cancer risk, the Canadian Cancer Society
recommends limiting alcohol to less than 1 drink a day for women and less than 2 drinks
a day for men. Women are more vulnerable to the health effects of alcohol even when
drinking small amounts. For women, alcohol increases the production of estrogen
leading to a higher chance of breast cell mutation and a higher risk of developing breast
cancer.

“The idea of this campaign is to rethink your drinking and set small reasonable goals for
yourself. If you are a regular drinker, aim for having a few alcohol-free days each week.
Take it one day at a time with the overall goal of drinking less to reduce your cancer
risk” advises Weppler.

Rethink Your Drinking is a regional campaign to help change the way we think about
and use alcohol. To learn more, visit www.rethinkyourdrinking.ca and read about it in the document attached below. 

For more information:
Jason Weppler
Health Promoter
Grey Bruce Health Unit
519-376-9420 or 1-800-263-3456 ext. 1408
j.weppler@publichealthgreybruce.on.ca


http://www.rethinkyourdrinking.ca
Cancer Alcohol.pdf (373 KB)

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