Cancer is one of the biggest global health concerns, and a over the years there have been a long line of lifestyle recommendations in a bid to try and reduce the number of new cases. Now, as a result of a newly released report, experts have warned that the main culprits are alcohol, sugary drinks and processed foods. It urges that these products should be completely avoided by the public.
The report added that alcohol in particular “cannot be justified for other health reasons” and that there is “strong evidence” that it’s to blame for many cancers. It says that people should try and limit their alcohol intake; however, “for cancer prevention, it’s best not to drink alcohol”. This is part of a wider initiative, which health experts claim to be “a blueprint to beat cancer”.
According to the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF), who produced the new analysis, alcohol is to blame for the development of a number of cancers – bowel, breast, liver, mouth, throat, oesophagus and stomach.
Although previous research has shown that drinking can protect against kidney cancer, the authors said that this protection “is far outweighed by the risk for other cancers.” The authors added that alcohol can also increase the risk of other types of cancers. The said: “There is no level of consumption below which there is no increase in the risk of at least some cancers.”
Commenting on the analysis, Professor Sir Ian Gilmore, chairman of the Alcohol Health Alliance UK, said: “We welcome the findings of this new World Cancer Research Fund report with its increased evidence around the link between alcohol and cancer.”
He added: “In addition, it is clear from the evidence in the report that drinking alcohol cannot be justified for other health reasons – to prevent heart disease, for example. We hope that this new authoritative report will influence decision-makers to take positive action to address the damage caused by alcohol misuse.”