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Do you drink and smoke? Read this! - Yara.ng
Home Health & Food Do you drink and smoke? Read this!

Do you drink and smoke? Read this!

by James Davies


Lara Adejoro

The World Health Organisation says alcohol is a direct cause of seven ​​forms of cancer.

WHO also noted that people who use both tobacco and alcohol have five times increased risk of developing cancers, compared with people who use either alcohol or tobacco.

According to experts, one of the ways alcohol can cause cancer is through DNA damage.

In a series of tweets via the Twitter handle of the WHO Regional Office for Europe @WHO_Europe, it said that there is no safe level of alcohol consumption for cancer.

Alcoholic beverages and percentage of alcohol content of ‘one drink’

The WHO Regional Office for Europe (WHO/Europe) is one of WHO’s six regional offices around the world. It serves the WHO European Region, which comprises 53 countries, covering a vast geographical region from the Atlantic to the Pacific oceans.

The United Nations agency said that alcohol consumption is known to increase the risk of cancer development in the oral cavity (mouth), oropharynx (throat), oesophagus (gullet), liver, larynx (voice box), colorectum (large intestine and rectum), and female breasts.

“For people with heavy drinking patterns, the risk is up to 30 times higher,” it noted.

The UN body also says the risk of cancer from alcohol consumption increases from the first drink

“All types of alcoholic beverages, including beer, wine, and spirits, can cause cancer. The risk starts at low levels and increases substantially the more alcohol is consumed.

Different types of alcoholic drinks

“To make alcohol less affordable, to ban or restrict alcohol marketing across all types of media, to reduce alcohol availability can support the reduction of alcohol consumption and ultimately of cancers due to alcohol consumption,” it said.

According to WHO, cancer is a generic term for a large group of diseases that can affect any part of the body and other terms used are malignant tumours and neoplasms.

“One defining feature of cancer is the rapid creation of abnormal cells that grow beyond their usual boundaries, and which can then invade adjoining parts of the body and spread to other organs; the latter process is referred to as metastasis. Metastases are the primary cause of death from cancer.

“Cancer is a leading cause of death worldwide, accounting for nearly 10 million deaths in 2020,” it said.

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