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In response to criticism that it soft-pedaled the cancer risk from consuming alcohol, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism changed information on its website to say that “there is a strong scientific consensus of an association between alcohol drinking and several types of cancer” and that the Department of Health and Human Services lists alcohol as a known human carcinogen.

The new description of the cancer risk of alcohol brings NIAAA’s website in line with the National Cancer Institute’s. Previously, in wording that dates to 2013, NIAAA’s website had said, “Drinking too much alcohol can increase your risk of developing certain cancers.”

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  • Alcohol has nothing to do with cancer. Viruses have EVERYTHING to do with Cancer. Cancer-causing viruses are sexually transmitted, or passed down from previous generations in sperm & egg. The only risk involving alcohol is impaired judgement by having risky sex and with too many partners. The members of the Herpes group of viruses are causative for certain leukemias and lymphomas. For example, Epstein- Barr is linked to Hodgkins & Burkitts lymphomas, Nasal pharangeal cancer, certain stomach cancer; Herpes virus 8 is causative for Kaposi’s sarcoma. Polyoma virus for Merkel Cell cancer..on and on. We already know about HPV and thankfully there is a vaccine. Given the numerous viral-driven cancers, it is very likely that breast cancer is also viral. There is NOT enough research being done to link a virus as the cause of breast cancer (there are 5, or so different kinds). Treating cancer is a multi-billion dollar industry worldwide. nobody is really looking. You do the math.

  • What are the statistics re one drink of alcohol and risk of getting breast cancer? Is it more likely if one’s has a genetic predisposition? Is it beer, wine, hard alcohol? I’ve been drinking for 40 years almost daily and do not have breast cancer. I’m 71. What are the statistics for those being treated with chemotherapy and death versus being being cured and living?

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