Alcohol and Cancer Connection?

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Story Updated: Feb 18, 2013

You've likely heard about studies that suggest a glass of wine might be good for your heart.

But now new research points to a major concern about alcohol and other areas of your health...

According to a new report in the American Journal of Public Health...alcohol use accounts for approximately 3-point-5 percent of all cancer deaths in the United States.

Researchers looked at U.S. mortality records from 2009 concentrating on 7 specific types of cancer. They cross-referenced the data with alcohol consumption numbers collected in two different national surveys.

Results showed that an estimated 18 to 21 thousand alcohol-attributable cancer deaths occurred that year.

The majority of those deaths.. 48 percent to 60-percent occurred among people who drank more than 3 drinks per day.

But consuming less than one-and-a-half drinks per day was still connected to approximately 30-percent of the deaths.

In women, the alcohol-cancer connection was most noted in breast cancer cases. While in men, upper airway and esophageal cancer deaths were more common.

This is the first comprehensive study of alcohol-connected cancer deaths in the United States in more than 30 years...

Researchers say their findings suggest there's no safe amount of alcohol when it comes to certain types of cancer.

I'm Dr. Cindy Haines of HealthDay TV your source for ideas to protect your health.

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